Supporting Caregivers

Many caregivers are overwhelmed in their role – unsure of where to get information and anxious about what the future holds. They’re frustrated, worried and many find it difficult to cope.

Caregiving impacts the caregiver’s health and wellness, employment, finances and personal relationships. And, they often find it hard to ask for help. How you interact with caregivers in your role makes a meaningful difference in the caregiving experience.

Supporting caregivers begins with including them in the conversation.  Read about seven meaningful ways that you can support caregivers.  

Time to talk Toolkit Co-designed by providers and caregivers, the Time to Talk toolkit aims to help organizations facilitate greater awareness of caregivers and their roles and the value they bring to being on the care team, and encourage meaningful conversations. The Toolkit provides seven easy things providers can do to make a difference to the caregiver experience. These tips, designed by caregivers, support focused conversations. The toolkit includes adaptable resources to help organizations with implementation, build staff/providers as champions, and sustain change. 

The caregiving experience can be made easier when they are connected to programs and services that support their needs as an individual.

Ontario Caregiver Organization – Programs & Services for Caregivers:

The Ontario Caregiver Organization offers a variety of programs and supports for caregivers, so that they can be supported in their role.

Printable one-page summary of “OCO Programs and Services At-A-Glance”

ONTARIO CAREGIVER HELPLINE: 1-833-416-2273

Single point of access to information, support and service in English and French 24/7.  Live chat is available 7am-9pm (Mon – Fri) at ontariocaregiver.ca.  Caregivers can speak to a Community Resource Specialist to connect to community-based services and supports across Ontario based on their individual needs.

SCALE PROGRAM: NURTURING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR CAREGIVERS 

The SCALE Program (Supporting Caregiver Awareness, Learning and Empowerment) offers weekly psychoeducational webinars (divided into two 4-week sessions) focused on various topics such as stress, anxiety, mindfulness etc., strategies and tools to better cope with difficult caregiving emotions and free online and/or individual counselling. 

Learn more about the program and how to register here

VIRTUAL PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

An opportunity for caregivers to connect with other caregivers to discuss the challenges they are facing.  Support groups are offered several times a week including a group for young caregivers.  Option to join online or by phone:  

For caregivers seeking an online support group

1:1 PEER MENTORING PROGRAM

Peer support program that connects caregivers with trained peer mentors for 1:1 phone or virtual support.  Caregivers with lived experience and knowledge to share are trained to become peer mentors to provide support to another caregiver seeking support with the challenges they are facing.

For caregivers seeking a peer mentor

For caregivers who want to become a peer mentor

YOUNGCAREGIVERSCONNECT.CA

Young Caregivers Connect is a website to help young caregivers aged 15-25. The website was designed in collaboration with, and for, young caregivers and offers information and resources and a way to connect through an online forum that address their unique needs

EDUCATIONAL WEBINARS 

One-hour webinars offered two times per month on a wide range of topics for caregivers. Recordings of past webinars are also available here.

TOOLKITS AND RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS ON OUR WEBSITE

Our website offers a wide range of tools and resources for caregivers at ontariocaregiver.ca, including:

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