If you support someone in need and feel anxious and overwhelmed with your caregiving responsibilities, you’re not alone. The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 3.3 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role.
Working collaboratively with caregivers, healthcare providers and other organizations, OCO draws on the variety of work that is currently being done to ease caregiver burn-out and improve the caregiving experience. We find ways to make existing services more broadly available so all caregivers, regardless of age, disease, diagnosis or location can access support. Where there are gaps, we work with caregivers and like-minded partners to find new and creative ways to fill them.
Co-designing and co-creation
The Ontario Caregiver Organization is inspired by caregivers, their stories and their unique experiences, and uses the caregiver voice to inform our work. Through our Caregiver Panel, Mental Health, Experienced Caregiver and Young Caregiver Working Groups, we actively engage and draw on the lived experiences from a diverse spectrum of caregivers to actively co-design and co-create programs, services and educational resources to best meet the unique challenges of caregivers across Ontario. Co-designing and co-creating effective programming with caregivers is the cornerstone of our approach to service and fulfilling our mission at the OCO.
Established in the Spring of 2018, the OCO is an independent non-profit that is funded by the Ministry of Health.