Stroke Recovery Association of BC

Recovering from a Stroke

Caregiver Resources

One of the hardest things about being a caregiver is being overwhelmed with information. We thought we’d keep it simple by giving you access to a few helpful resources.

Vancouver Coastal Health Family Caregiver Handbook

Download the PDF (English)

Download the PDF (Traditional Chinese)

Download the PDF (Simplified Chinese)

Links to other organizations

Family Caregivers’ Network Society – www.fcns-caregiving.org

Vancouver Coastal Health Caregiver Support – https://www.vch.ca/your_health/health_topics/caregiver_support/caregiver_support

Caregiver’s Handbook PDF: Caregivers Handbook

CaregiverToolkit: Simplifying Your Senior Care Journey

http://www.aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/caregiver-toolkit

This website has some very useful information as follows:

  • Educational guides providing an overview on senior care:
    • PLANNING – Checklists to help ensure your loved one is taken care of
    • EMERGENCY PREP – Trackers to organize your most critical information
    • FINANCING – Financial tools to help maximize your budget
    • CARING – Worksheets to care for yourself while you support others

If you can’t find what you need please let us know and we’ll do our best to help.

Free Family Caregiver Support Service

Free Family Caregiver Support Service

Please see below message from Wendy Johnstone who, as well as working with SRABC, is also doing a project with Family Caregivers of British Columbia (FCBC).

I am currently working with FCBC (www.familycaregiversbc.ca) on a Ministry of Health funded Provincial Caregiver Program until March 31, 2016.  FCBC is a provincial non-profit society established in 1989. Their mission is to inform, support and educate on issues of concern to family caregivers.

FCBC provides the following services:

– Family Caregiver Support

  • One-to-one support and consults for family caregivers
  • Information and referral to community resources
  • Help in navigating the healthcare system
  • Family caregiver support groups

– Education

  • Webinars (BC-wide) and workshops
  • Bi-monthly newsletter, The Network News
  • Resource library of books, videos and handouts
  • Caregiver Wellness Booklet
  • Resource Guide for Family Caregivers, 2nd edition
  • Lunch and Learn sessions for employees
  • Support group volunteer facilitator training

UNTIL MARCH 31/16, I am contracted with FCBC to provide 30 free 60-minute consultations with family caregivers who are providing care for a spouse, aging parent, young adult, etc.

We are able to provide consultations over the phone or via Skype and follow up via email.

The consult will include:

  1. Having the person caregiving fill in a form ahead of time.  It will take them about 10 minutes to complete.
  2. Once the information is reviewing, the consult will take place by the best method (phone, skype, email)
  3. The person caregiving will receive follow up resources if required.

– General Criteria:

  • A family caregiver (or friend, neighbour) who is currently providing care to someone
  • The family caregiver needs support and guidance, advice and help navigating the broad range (and often complex) social & health care services needed to make sure the person they are caring for  is receiving the right type of support at the right time.
  • The family caregiver needs information & emotional support in their role

– Referral:

It is best to refer anyone who might be interested directly to me at this email address: familycaregiversbc(at)gmail.com or by phoning 1-250-702-4350.

Please feel free to forward this email to your contacts.

Kindest regards,

Wendy Johnstone