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Caregiver Resources

A comprehensive tour of the web for Canadian family caregivers

Below, we provide information about support groups, government resources and other websites and resources of interest for family caregivers in Canada. 

Writing and sharing online

When browsing online, it's typical to lurk in forums and online communities before contributing or sharing your own story. Writing out your story is one way of organizing your feelings, and it can be a way of connecting to a larger community.

From November 2017 to January 2018, Bayshore Health Care is running a caregiving story contest. There are three prizes of $1000 in home care services available.

Turning your own experience into something that can inspire others is something that can be helpful to both yourself and others. Bayshore wants the contest to "raise awareness for the approximately 8 million Canadian caregivers who are providing on-going care and comfort to a loved one." Click on the link above, or find out more about this contest

Superb web resources for caregivers

At Comfort Life, we offer an overview of senior care options in Ontario. In addition there are many other resources available to you.

Alzheimer.ca
Local chapters of the Alzheimer Society of Canada offer direct support for those affected by the disease and their caregivers. Phone 1-800-616-8816.

Carers Canada is a national caregivers' coalition.

The Caregiver Network Inc is a resource centre to help caregivers of the elderly and ill. It is supported by a quarterly newsletter, seminars, a consulting service and other resources.

Caregivingmatters.ca offers a comprehensive look at all aspects of caregiving.

CHPCA.net (The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association) supplies information on care assistance across the country.

Health Gateway - online resource centre designed to meet health information and support needs common to Ontarians living with complex chronic illnesses and episodic disabilities and their loved ones

OCSA.on.ca (The Ontario Community Support Association) represents more than 350 community-based and not-for-profit groups that provide health and support services. Phone 1-800-267-6272.

Redcross.ca. Many Red Cross branches offer home support for seniors. Phone 1-877-260-9673.

Saint Elizabeth - Caring for Family section offers support and solutions for coping, decisions, financial issues and providing care.

VON.ca (the Victorian Order of Nurses) offers a number of services for caregivers and seniors. Phone 613-233-5694.

Other Support for Caregivers

ShareTheCare.org has a Mission to improve the quality of life for anyone who needs support, and to reduce the stress, depression, isolation and economic hardship of caregivers.

Powerhouse Project - Young Carers Initiative - supporting those 18 years of age and under who are in a caregiving role for a family member needing assistance.

National Organizations

ALS Society of Canada is dedicated to supporting Canadians living with ALS and investing in research to make ALS a treatable, not terminal, disease. 

Canadian Cancer Society offers a wide variety of resources for anyone diagnosed with cancer, along with their families. 

Canadian Mental Health Association, founded in 1918, offers help to more than 1.2 million Canadians through its 10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada fights heart disease and stroke, by funding research and education, and promoting prevention.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada has offices across the country, supporting research and services.  

Parkinson Society of Canada offers support, services and education for people living with Parkinson's. 

Federal government resources and support

Compassionate Care Benefits, Employment Insurance - criteria to apply and receive federal Compassionate Care Benefits.

Care Conversations provides an overview of how you can provide the best in caregiving and where to turn for help when you need it.

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum features a benefits finder, caregiver resources and much more. 

Self Care Guide for Seniors offers advice on managing stress, when to seek help and more. 

Safe Use of Medications offers advice on that matter. 

Medication Safety Checklist is an ideal resource for families of seniors taking medication. 

National Seniors Council, Government of Canada advises the Government of Canada on all matters related to seniors well-being and quality of life

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia

Alzheimer's Reading Room - a son writes about caring for mother with Alzheimer's

ALZive.com is a free, daily, digital lifestyle and news platform designed specifically for the unpaid family caregivers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

When Dementia is in the House is a website for teens coping with a family member with early-onset dementia

 

End-of-life Care

BestEndings helps you navigate personal and medical decisions as life's end nears

Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about end-of-life care
 

Resources for Ontarians

HealthCareAtHome.ca: the website for the CCAC with links to regional branches.

Ontario Long Term Care Association - largest long-term care provider association in Ontario representing a mix of long-term care home operators.

TheHealthLine.ca helps you find community services in your area of Ontario using the name of your community, postal code, or by map.

Publications

Caring for Your Loved Ones from the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care covers a wide range of topics relating to elder care, including memory loss and judgment impairment. In addition to practical tips, it lists a selection of community resources, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Blue Book lists all community services in Toronto and is indexed under specific category headings ranging from Accessible Transportation to Youth Counselling. To order, call 416-392-4575.

Caring for Loved Ones at Home is a guide to short- and long-term care. To order, call the St. Elizabeth Health Care Foundation at 905-940-9655, or visit www.saintelizabeth.com.

Comfort Life's Alzheimer's and Dementia Handbook has statistics and resources for caregivers of those with this dementia.




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