Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

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Caregiving Essentials

Enhance your knowledge of the caregiver role

Information and support you need

Resources & Testimonials

Resources 

  • Doctor Visit Form
  • Article: A burden and a joy: Author Donna Thomson unpacks the duality of caregiving for sick family by Zosia Bielski​

     "We have this fallacy that if we work hard enough, if we exert the power of our will, we can cure a person we love. With caregiving, what dies over time is the idea that you can control the health outcomes of somebody you’re looking after, or the aging process or mortality. Caregiving is being in the moment with love for another person, no matter what happens. It’s being witness to suffering, being exhausted and carrying on anyway. It is a role that forces you to be face to face with someone; it pushes at the edges of how to be together. It can be very beautiful." - Donna Thomson (Course Instructor) Read full article

 

  • Caregiver Burnout Warning Signs

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Testimonials

Our course participants were in different stages of their caregiving journeys. We heard from people who had just started to become more involved in care, to people who had been providing care for decades or more. A sampling of the sentiments and opinions are shared below. These stories highlight the need for a flexible approach to caregiver education, and the various demands that caregivers face in their roles.

  • "I've referred at least 4 people...I've shared resources...so congratulations for offering something that is much needed in the community"
  • “I particularly liked was that I could access it when I had time to. That was a big bonus for me, and being free is also helpful too. I found it exceptional. I found it very useful and very helpful.”
  • “The material was very well organized... It lent itself well to doing things independently and online which is what I was looking for.”
  • “...it built my confidence because when your loved one becomes ill, it's very overwhelming...This kind of calmed me down and said, 'Yeah, I can do this. I can handle this’.”
  • “...it was kind of refreshing to get the perspective that there's lots of people out there dealing with this...It helped me keep everything in perspective.”
  • “...the advance care directive... I had really never heard of before and so I took steps to put that in place after the course.”
  • “The resource list at the very end is exhaustive...so complete and valuable...the fact that it was so full, I found that reassuring. Even though I’m in healthcare, I only found out about services through word-of-mouth, speaking to this person who went through the same thing or something similar. Navigating the system is difficult, but having that list at the end was reassuring that there are supports out there and I’ll l certainly be using it.”
  • “...there was a section around the health challenges, the mental challenges, and the social system challenges of a person, and my a-ha moment was around social isolation. I know I can provide good physical support. I know the house is safe. I know they’re getting to their appointments. But the part I didn’t realize was they’re in their home and they’re not leaving their home and they’re not interacting with the people who they used to before. What it’s going to spur me to do is look more at new day programs or clubs…”