Caring for our Caregivers
"Self-care is giving the world the best of you instead of giving what's left of you." Katie Reed
Caregiver Support Program
In partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland, BC Ministry of Health and Family Caregivers of BC, LCHPS is launching this new initiative to help bring more local support to family and friend caregivers. The Caregiver Support Program works to address the stresses of caregiving by focusing on the well-being of the caregiver.
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According to Statistics Canada, family caregivers in BC represent 28% of our population. The majority are women and 60% are employed. A family caregiver’s role spans an average of 6-years with 89% of caregivers caring for over a year. For every hour of paid care being received, family caregivers are doing 10-hours of unpaid care. Despite the enormous number, their compassion and commitment largely go unacknowledged and unsupported. The impact of caregiving can be great. Often times, a family caregiver faces physical, financial and emotional hardship.
Caring for the Caregiver
Three Simple Ways to Care for a Caregiver:
• Include Them. Caregivers may have to decline an invitation because of the pressures of their role. Don't stop inviting!
• Offer Help. Breakaway from the non-committal, "Let me know how I can help" offers, and offer a specific way you can help.
• Listen. Be the caregiver's sounding wall. Don't be tempted to share similar stories, fix anything or offer advice. Just by listening gives the caregiver an outlet they desperately need.
• Become a Silver Sitter... A brand new program! Unique to BC. Developed by LCHPS. Designed to provide training to volunteers to support our local community of caregivers.
More info to come! Please let us know you are interested
Caregiver Support Group
Caregiving doesn’t have to be a one-person, all or nothing role. Other carers can be invaluable resources for practical advice and tips based on their own experiences. The CGSG is an encouraging space designed for individuals facing the stresses of unpaid caregiving.
COVID-19 Modification: If you are in Lake Country and would like to join our bi-monthly meetings remotely (not-in-person) on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, register at email@example.com or call 250 999 9374
Getting Back to Being You!
You may be incredibly resourceful, but no one person can do everything. Caregiving, without a proper network of support, can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion and isolation.
Building a support network is one of the most important ways to prevent burnout. It can be helpful to do an inventory of professional, and family or friend supports that can help you with care tasks.
Take Care of You!
Finding time for respite or a break from caregiving is critical to your success and health. Whether the support comes in the form of family, friends or professional caregivers, time away for you to recharge and rest is just as good for you as it is for your loved one.