This Tuesday, April 6 is Family Caregiver Day, a day to recognize and honour the incredible contribution caregivers bring to their care recipients, communities and the economy as a whole.
For over a year now, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered life as we know it all over the world. Between the lockdowns, limited social opportunities, ever-changing government directives, challenges related to vaccine supplies and constantly evolving media coverage of the pandemic globally, this has been an incredibly stressful year. For caregivers, the situation has presented unique difficulties.
Whether you’ve become a caregiver gradually or due to a crisis, by choice or by default, we understand the incredible challenges you face and we recognize the extraordinary work you do. Baycrest has assembled a number of our caregiver support resources below where you will find free webinars, expert advice and helpful tips.
Family Caregiver Day may only be one day, but we acknowledge and are grateful for your invaluable contribution and dedication every day of the year.
Offering a haven to dementia caregivers
Ruby’s whole world turned upside down when her husband, Michael, was diagnosed with dementia in 2016. Baycrest’s Road to Connection program, an arts-based support group for dementia patients and their caregivers, gave Ruby the space she sometimes needs to be honest with her words and emotions.
With the support of the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation and the Baycrest Foundation, Baycrest@Home and the Baycrest Education Department created eLearning modules that help others understand the difficult work of caregivers and the factors that can influence the caregiving experience.
Baycrest @ Home
Baycrest@Home helps older adults age safely and well at home. Using technology to deliver clinical expertise, recreational programming, and caregiver support directly to caregivers and work within their busy lives.
Caregivers spend much of their time accommodating others complex needs, making many sacrifices in the process. Below are some tips to ensure that even the most diligent caregivers can make time for themselves.
Self-Care for Caregivers During COVID-19
Combating Isolation Through Self Care
Help from Others
Even before the pandemic, caregivers needed a village to support them and the loved one they cared for. Use the resources below to discover how caregivers can build this village and get the support they need.
10 Tips on Caring for Caregivers During COVID-19
How to Find Support During These Difficult Times
Out of Touch: Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19