COVID-19: Caregiver Starter Kit

There are an estimated 4 million caregivers, just like you, who provide physical or mental health support to a family member, partner, friend and/or neighbour.

A lot has changed since we published last year’s Spotlight Report. Most Ontarians are vaccinated, Covid-19 restrictions have eased, and many programs and services have re-opened. What hasn’t changed is the impact caregiving is having on caregivers. There are far too many Ontarians struggling to cope physically and emotionally. While 66% of caregivers are fairly new to the role (less than 3 years), many find themselves on the brink of collapse, feeling helpless and burnt out. In fact, 63% of caregivers say they reached their breaking point over the past year but still had to keep going.

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.

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