Stressed Caregivers: What To Do?

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Stressed Senior

by Matt Del Vecchio

It is estimated that one in four Canadians (more than 8 million people) provide informal care to their family, friend or loved one.  It can, at times, be stressful and overwhelming.

Although most caregivers report there are positive aspects to their care, caregiver responsibilities often result in physical and emotional stress, especially for caregivers who provide 24/7 care or are seniors themselves.

The following guide can be used for existing and potential future caregivers to ease their load and to reduce caregiver stress.

Federal Resources
Some of the more popular federal programs include the Compassionate Care Program, the Disability Tax Credit, and the Canada Caregiver Credit.

Provincial Resources
Your first resource for caregiver support in Quebec is your local CLSC.  They provide a wide range of free health services. Get a case worker assigned to your loved one and stress the need for support.  The CLSC provides common health and social services as well as medical services.

Regional Resources for Caregiver Support
If you feel overwhelmed from caregiving, you’re not alone. There are several non-profit organizations such as NOVA, West Island Community Resource Centre, West Island Citizen Advocacy, West Island Cancer Wellness Centre, Huddol and ABO VAS.

There are also many other associations and organizations that specialize in specific health issues.

Private In-Home Care Companies
They cover all sorts of services, from personal hygiene to nursing and medical care. While pricier, private caregiver services are available when you need it, so you can go to work or school with the peace of mind that your friend or family member is in good hands.

Senior Communities to End Caregiving Stress
At a certain stage, there is a point where caregiving or in-home care isn’t enough. If you’re feeling stressed as a caregiver, or feel like you cannot give the proper care, looking into retirement homes may be the best option.

About the author

Matt Del Vecchio is the founder and president of Lianas Services.  He is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA).  Matt and the Lianas Senior Advisors provide a FREE service which assists families with retirement residence searches and transition support.  Matt can be reached at 514-622-8074 or mdelvecchio@lianasservices.com

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