COVID-19: Caregiver Starter Kit
There are an estimated 3.3 million caregivers, just like you, who provide physical or mental health support to a family member, partner, friend and/or neighbour.
Many people don’t consider themselves a caregiver. Instead, they are family member or friend, doing what needs to be done. While caregivers say they want to provide care, many are overwhelmed and find it difficult to get the information and support they need. According to the 2019 Spotlight Report, a third (31%) of Ontario caregivers say they are not coping well emotionally and are worried about their own mental health. For caregivers supporting someone with a mental health challenge, the number increases to more than half (57%). Many caregivers are struggling to cope and experiencing increased levels of stress, frustration and even depression. Caregivers need support themselves.
The I am a Caregiver toolkit includes important information for the new or seasoned caregiver. This information was created by caregivers, for caregivers. This toolkit focuses on how to take care of yourself. The Ontario Caregiver website also includes a number of tip sheets on topics such as: communicating with health care providers, privacy and consent and many more.
Throughout your caregiving journey, you may need support finding local programs or information that can help you. In those times, the Ontario Caregiver Organization’s 24/7 Caregiver Helpline is here to help.