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.
Collaborating with caregivers
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.
OCO’s Land Acknowledgement
The OCO carries out its work while acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of all the lands that we are on today. This land is home to many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and acknowledging reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous people.
As team members, we are learning about the lands from which we work, exploring how we can be meaningful allies and how we can support the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We do this to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility in improving relationships between nations and to improving our understanding of local Indigenous peoples and their cultures.
While we connect through virtual platforms, we wish to invite you to reflect on the land where you are; if you are not familiar with that, you can use this interactive map that tells you which traditional territory a city or town sits on.