A vast majority of seniors are choosing to stay in their own homes to receive care.
You may find yourself joining the over two million families in Canada who are informal caregivers to their loved ones. If you are about to embark on the journey of family caregiving here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
- Think of caregiving as a job like any other, take time off and make time for yourself.
- When people offer to help, accept their offer and suggest specific ways in which they can assist you.
- Educate yourself about your loved one's condition and how to advocate on his or her behalf with the health care system.
- Caregivers have to do a lot of lifting, pushing and pulling. Take care of your back, make time to exercise.
- Seek support from other caregivers, either locally or online. Create a circle of support.
- Stand up for your rights as a caregiver, and for the rights of your loved one.
Remember that there are cost-effective community services to help caregivers, some which may even be covered by the care receivers insurance. Call your local seniors centre, senior care organization, municipal information and referral service, hospital social worker or even speak to your physician for suggestions on suitable services to assist you in caring for your loved one. If you are caring for a senior who is a veteran or the widowed spouse of a veteran, contact your local Royal Canadian Legion or Veterans Affairs branch to see how they can help.
Resources you may find useful
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Canadian Caregiver Coalition
- Ontario Caregiver Coalition
- Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Provincial Command
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