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Finding help: Building your support network

So much caregiving is complex and involves a lot of moving parts.

It helps to see the final picture, and all of the support you have available, before you start putting the pieces together.

Auditing your care situation can mean the difference between always reacting to what is going on and being proactively prepared for what comes next. One is a path to certain stress; the other allows you more flexibility and emotional fortitude when times get tough, because you’re more prepared.

Here are some important questions to ask yourself when you start your care audit:

  • What are the needs of the person in my care—now, short-term and long-term?
  • Who is helping to meet those needs?
  • Are there gaps in those needs being met?
  • Who can fill the gaps?
  • What are my needs?
  • Are my needs being met?
  • Who can support me in meeting my needs?

As you start thinking about meeting needs, consider all of the possible resources that can support you. Those include public, private and community resources, as well as immediate and extended members of your family. The better you are at completing your audit, the easier it will be to identify who can help where and how.

Caregiver support resources available to Canadians

National caregiver support organizations

See how these nationwide caregiving resources and support groups can help you.
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Provincial caregiver support organizations

Learn more about caregiver groups providing support services in your province.
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Patient groups

Check out health charities and organizations for patients by specific therapeutic areas.
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Government resources

Learn more about care-related financial benefits programs provided by the Government of Canada.
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Health and social service centers

Explore organizations that provide provincial public healthcare and social services.
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Apps for caregivers

These caregiver apps can help in monitoring and sharing information about the person in your care.
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Take a closer look at caregiver supports

Huddol

Connect with the largest online caregiver support network in Canada.
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Ontario Caregiver Organization

Receive comprehensive assistance through a convenient single point of access.
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The Government of Canada

Get information on benefits, tax credits and other assistance to caregivers.
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Alzheimer Society of Canada

Works to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
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Wellspring

Offers free programs and services to anyone, with any type of cancer.
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Caregiver-friendly pharmacies

Find a pharmacy that has been trained to help you.
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Self-care

Get health tips and recommendations for how to better manage your own health.
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Care Planning

Tips and resources to ensure you get the answers and support you need for the person in your care.
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