Join us in celebrating Family Caregiver Month! Learn more here.

This week in honour of Family Caregiver Month we are bringing awareness to the Financial Impact of Caregiving

Why the Financial Impact of Caregiving?

Becoming a caregiver is not something we typically plan for a long time in advance. And some of the responsibilities we assume have financial implications for ourselves, the care recipient and possibly our families. In addition, COVID-19 has had a tremendous financial impact on caregivers.

The current system of financial supports available in British Columbia consists of various federal and provincial programs and tax breaks. How these programs and tax breaks apply to individual caregivers is dependent on the caregiver/care recipient situation and navigating the ins and outs of financial support can be a challenge.

That is why this week’s theme is “Financial Impact of Caregiving” because we at FCBC, in partnership with The National Caregiver Awareness Working Group, acknowledge that financial support can greatly impact the wellbeing of our caregiver community.

 

Join our Podcast Listening Party

May 14th from 10:00 - 11:15 am

What is a Podcast Listening Party?! It is like a book club, but for our podcast episodes related to Caregivers Out Loud.

We welcome you to bring a warm drink and together we will listen to the new FCBC podcast titled: Friends Caring for Friends, A Circle of Care Approach (coming soon). Following the podcast Bill Israel (the Host of Caregivers Out Loud) and Kate Landreth, FCBC Education Lead will guide and encourage conversation and different perspectives on the topic of Informal Caregiver Supports.

Join our Caregivers Connect: Celebration

May 27th from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

The Caregivers Connect Celebration is a special-edition of our Caregivers Connect support group, offering caregivers an opportunity to enjoy fun and reflective activities, including easy and accessible mindful chair movement and creating a time capsule. Participants are invited to bring a piece of stationary and an envelope to this virtual event. 

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

For All Caregivers:

Join us TOMORROW, May 11th, for the BC Men's Virtual Support Group (2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 pm) for men to come together monthly to connect, receive support and share experiences as caregivers. Our group is led by experienced facilitators. 

As well, join us May 13th, for the Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 2 - 3:30 pm).

This group brings people from across the province together around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance and connection, where caregivers can realize they are not alone.

You must pre-register to join each session!

 

Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group

Our monthly Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group brings caregivers from the Greater Victoria Area together around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone. This group is facilitated by our experienced volunteer Bonnie Davoren.

Next Session: June 2nd, 1:30-3:00 pm (1st Wednesday of each month).

Registration: You must pre-register to join the session. Register in advance here. You will get a password and instructions to join this Zoom Virtual Group.

Please note that when joining you can choose to share your first and last name or create an anonymous username.

Join our Upcoming Webinars, Workshops and Trainings

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

On Thursday, May 27th at 9 am, join Wendy Johnstone for a Facebook Live conversation about Caregivers as Essential Partners in Care. We will share our great new resources that will support you with making a personalized caregiver plan!

New to Facebook Live? It is a live recording on the Family Caregivers of BC Facebook Page. You can join during the live time or the recording is saved for you to watch at another time—similar to our webinars! Our Facebook Live sessions are shorter, bite-size learning opportunities for caregivers and our community.

 

Virtual Journal Workshop - Summer Sessions

Join us for a private, safe, reflective writing group for family caregivers, focused on compassionate self-nurturing. Participants write privately in their individual, structured journal workbooks.

When: Tuesdays, May 25th - June 29th from 2 - 3:30 pm

To participate, register by Monday, May 17th.

Financial Resources

FCBC Financial Assistance Guide

Many caregivers experience financial stress associated with providing care for someone,

The information in our Financial Assistance Guide aims to help caregivers think through and identify programs and resources that might provide financial relief. This guide was created for caregivers and care recipients who live in British Columbia. The information in this guide is presented in a sequence we hope will direct you to programs and resources that might be applicable.

 

CRA Webinars

With May as Family Caregiver Awareness Month in British Columbia, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is offering TWO live webinars on Benefits and Credits for Caregivers:

  1. Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm PST
  2. Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:30 am PST

As a caregiver for an individual with a physical or mental impairment there may be benefits and tax credits available to you! Join their webinar to obtain more information about the following topics: Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB); Canada Caregiver Credit; Medical Expenses; Slam the scam.

You can register for one of the above webinars by going to the below link and clicking on the link associated with the date of your choice.

 

BC Recovery Benefit

If you have not yet applied for the BC Recovery Benefit, you may still do so. The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. 

You have until June 30, 2021 to apply.

Read the Latest Caregiver Story on our Blog

A Caregiver's Story: Dana

In honour of Family Caregiver Month, we asked our community to share their personal stories about caregiving—the joys, the challenges, insights gained—to share with other caregivers and our larger communities. Here is one such submission…

Read Dana Martin's story about how he became a caregiver to his wife, Connie, following her breast cancer and Alzheimers diagnosis. Hear what Dana learned about caregiving through the many trips to the hospital and doctor's office.

Grant Organization Spotlight

Cowichan

The Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society is a community-based, non-profit society dedicated to supporting Caregivers in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Our organization is ‘Caregiver Lead’ - we support Caregivers in the way that is most helpful for each individual. We offer support group meetings, provide one-on-one emotional support, advanced care planning, assistance navigating community and Island Health resources, offer Circles of Support and more.

If you live in the Cowichan Valley, or if you are caring for someone who lives in the Cowichan Valley, please reach out to us.

Phone: 250-597-0886

Email: linda@familycaregiverssupport.org

Website: familycaregiverssupport.org/


 

DIVERSEcity

At DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, we empower newcomers and other diverse communities to build the life they want in Canada. Located in Surrey, our organization supports caregivers by offering biweekly caregiver support group facilitated by a clinical counsellor, which provides an opportunity for caregivers to share personal experiences and feelings in a non-judgemental environment. The support group allows caregivers to vent and support one another, and to break the silence that leaves so many caregivers feeling alone. The program also provides access to information and resources through 1-1 support services and through educational workshops.

Contact our Newcomer Friends & Family Caregivers Support Program at: msodhi@dcrs.ca, 778 549 2863, CSP Webpage: https://www.dcrs.ca/our-services/services-for-seniors/


 

Family Services of the North Shore

Family Services of the North Shore is a non-profit dedicated to making deep and lasting impacts in North and West Vancouver through counselling, support, education, and volunteer engagement to help people reach their full potential. Our organization supports caregivers through a monthly online peer support group, weekly phone calls by trained volunteers, resources and referrals, and counselling.

Contact us:

rivers@familyservices.bc.ca

604-988-5281 ext. 354

www.familyservices.bc.ca

 

Lake Country

Lake Country Health Planning Society is a non-profit charity that believes that good health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being. We actively work alongside community partners to provide health, social and wellness services to support the health and well-being of our community and the individuals within it.

Our organization supports caregivers through a peer support group, one to one counselling with a registered clinical counsellor, help navigating the health care system and accessing community supports, a weekly walking group with the option of care for the care-recipient if needed.  

Please call Kali Smith at 250.306.2540 or email caregiver@lakecountryhealth.ca, or visit our website www.lakecountryhealth.ca/caregivers

Community Events & Resources

Participate in a Virtual Vacation

To mark Caregiver Awareness Month in May, Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives Family & Friend Caregiver Hub is hosting an ‘Around The World’ virtual vacation! Join us on this globetrotting journey with multiple destinations on the itinerary…and with a FREE ticket to ‘travel’! 

Shared by passionate guest speakers, performers, volunteers and more, each will showcase a country, region, city, neighbourhood, or cultural practice that brings them joy or simply helps them relax. 

Caregiver ‘travelers’ for this virtual voyage can be from across BC.

Date: Friday May 28th  

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Where: Zoom  

To register, visit rcrg.org/caregivers and click on “Workshops & Events” or contact us at 604-279-7020

Read the event poster here.

 

Seniors Advocate Office - Study Recruitment

If you receive home support services or if you are a family member/caregiver of someone who receives home support services, the office of the Seniors Advocate would like to hear from you!

Your opinions will help them to improve the questions for an upcoming provincial survey about home support services in BC.

If selected to participate, you will receive a $25 gift card in appreciation for your time.

Contact Meghan Muller at 778-628-1249 or info.bcpcm@providencehealth.bc.ca to express your interest in participating.

 

Université Laval - Study Recruitment 

A Québec research coordinator of Université Laval is seeking participants for a new study. In order to be eligible for the study, he is seeking caregivers of a person with a cognitive impairment who either...

  1. has lived with a dog as their pet for a year or more
  2. has lived with a service dog for a year or more
  3. has made the decision not to have a dog

For the caregiver, participation consists of a telephone interview (45 min) and online questionnaires (15 min). For the person living with cognitive impairment, there will be an optional telephone interview (5 min) and a physycial activity monitor to wear for one week.

As a thank you, people living with cognitive impairment and caregivers will receive $25 each.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Frederic Dumont at frederic.dumont@cirris.ulaval.ca

 

Webinar: When Caregiving Calls, What Happens When You Answer? 

Caregivers are usually so consumed by the urgent tasks of caregiving that they fail to consider the social realities of care, including how care can change human relationships and one’s concept of self.

Dr. Aaron Blight, Author of the new bestselling book: When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse or Aging Relative, will share research-based insights on caregiving identity and offer a framework for caregiver resilience that includes a reliable tool for ongoing reflection, strategy, and growth in the caregiver role. 

Secure your spot today to join the conversation - the event is FREE!

Date: Tuesday May 18, 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m. EST (9:00 a.m. PST)

Hosted by McMaster Continuing Education

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Questions? Contact us our Caregiver Support Line Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30 am - 7:00 pm at 1-877-520-3267