Caregiver Support Program

The health and well-being of family caregivers directly influences quality of life and reduces the suffering of those who are most vulnerable due to frailty and serious illness.

Family and friends often do not identify themselves as caregivers or the one in need of support. You may feel underserving or selfish to have your needs considered. As a family or friend carer it is important to recognize that you too are suffering, and that support is available.

The greatest gift you as a family caregiver can give to the receiver of your care is the confidence and resilience gained by knowing when, where, and how to ask for help, and how to prioritize your own health and well-being in your caregiving role. It is about quality of life for you, your family, and ultimately your loved one.

COHA is here to support family caregivers. Our programs and services include:

Caregiver Support Groups
A safe, supportive, and confidential space where friend and family caregivers can share collective experiences. A weekly virtual meeting, over a secure platform allows you to participate from the comfort of your own home and without leaving your loved one alone. Participation is on a weekly drop-in basis, every Monday afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Please register here for more information or to join.

Caregiver Education Groups
During these group sessions, family and friends will acquire new information and practical skills to support the most frequent areas of concern when caring for a loved one. These areas of concern include: navigating the health care system, preventing caregiver burnout and stress, advance care planning, mobility concerns, dietary needs, making the home more safe and life more enjoyable, and how to manage the ambiguous loss and worry associated with a life-limiting diagnosis. This group occurs each fall and spring season, with our first group to occur in the fall of 2020. Please register here for more information or to join.

Community Hospice Visiting Program
Compassionate and trained volunteers provide emotional, social, spiritual, practical and respite support for clients and their families. Please click here for more information.

Caregiver support is not about indulgence, but rather about self and family preservation.

If you are unable to access our online registration or if you would like more information, please contact Bonnie Pontalti, Community Services Coordinator, at 250.763.5511.

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