In Ontario there are 3.3 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour.
The 2019 Spotlight Report indicates that 72% of those that receive this care are over the age of 65. Caring for a senior or someone who is facing a terminal illness comes with special considerations. Dementia, physical frailty, and the management of multiple health issues can be a few, as well as home safety, moving to long-term care and end-of-life.
If you’re caring for someone in a palliative care environment or providing end of life care, some of these resources may be helpful.
The Canadian Home Care Association promotes excellence in home care through leadership, awareness and knowledge to shape strategic directions. They believe in accessible, responsive home care and community supports which enable people to stay in their homes with safety, dignity and quality of life – www.cdnhomecare.ca
Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators. – www.virtualhospice.ca
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association distributes several free resources for caregivers. These resources include: Living Lessons® A Guide for Caregivers, A Caregivers Guide: A handbook about end-of-life care, Advance Care Planning Workbook, and much more. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association also has many events and online resources for caregivers at www.chpca.net.