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 care giver it is important to recognize that you too are suffering, and that support is available for you as well.

The greatest gift you as a family caregiver can give to the receiver of your care is 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.

Family Caregiver Education Series – Fall 2020
In partnership with Vantage Living and Jump Start Communications COHA offers an eight-week education series with presentations from our various healthcare partners. Each session is designed to inform and support family caregivers with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to provide confidence and resilience in their caregiving role. Participants may join for the entire series or for one or more session as applicable to their unique caregiving journey.

To view our weekly schedule and session details or to register for one or more sessions, please click here. If you require assistance with registration or with technology support please contact Bonnie Pontalti – Community Services Coordinator, 250.763.5511.

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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The Family Caregiver Education Series is generously supported by the United Way Southern Interior BC and the Government of Canada for the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) grant.

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