Caregiver Support Program

Ambleside

Our program offers support to caregivers so you can maintain your own resilience, health and well-being.

Stepping into a caregiving role is often a life-altering experience. Caregiving takes courage, patience, and endurance. It can be a challenging and lonely role.

Fortunately, you are not alone. North Shore Community Resources’ Caregiver Support Program, is here to help you gain knowledge, strength, and inspiration that allows you to connect with other caregivers. Our Caregiver Support Program hosts support groups and workshops, one-on-one consultations in person, by telephone and online as well as referrals to health care and community services. We offer stress management strategies and relaxation techniques, informative blog posts, a resource library, and a bi-monthly newsletter.

We also offer our Caregiver Coach and Peer Facilitator service which focuses more on 1-1 support for caregivers. If you are interested in becoming a caregiver coach and/or peer facilitator to host support/education groups, please contact us.

All of our services are free and confidential. We are here to support you on your caregiving journey.

I’ve learned that it is okay to ask for help. I’m not sure if I would have been able to continue supporting my loved one in the same way had I not been connected with this group. 

Caregiver Support Client

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the program and is there a cost?

Registration is free and your personal information will remain confidential. To register, please fill our registration form and return it to: [email protected]

Where are the support group meetings held?

Currently, our support groups are held on Zoom. You can join our Zoom meetings using your desktop computer, tablet, smartphone, or landline. We will send you an invitation to the meetings via email roughly one week prior to the meeting. This email will include the date and time of the meeting, the meeting ID number and password, as well as instructions for joining the meeting using your telephone.

What can I expect at a support group meeting?

Our caregiver support group offers a space where you can connect with other caregivers who can relate to what you are going through. At the beginning of each meeting, participants are encouraged (though not obligated) to share their caregiving experiences with the group. The second half of the meeting is devoted to learning about a topic related to caregiving and discussing strategies for different caregiver challenges.

Contact

For more information about the Caregiver Support Program, contact:
Melissa Wade, Caregiver Support Coordinator
Direct Line: 604-982-3320
Email: [email protected]

Updates

Call for Volunteer Caregiver Coaches

The Caregiver Coach and Peer Facilitator Program recruits, trains, and matches volunteer coaches and peer facilitators to provide emotional and practical support to caregivers in our community.

To learn more contact Elizabeth Bishop at [email protected], or complete the appropriate form below:

Volunteer Caregiver Coach Application
Volunteer Peer Facilitator Application
Caregiver Intake Profile

Call to Creatives!

Do you write, paint, draw, take photographs, write poetry, knit or have a great recipe to share? We would love to feature you and what you do on our blog or in The Grapevine, our newsletter for the caregiver community. If you’re interested in sharing your story, we would love to hear it. Please contact Melissa Wade, Caregiver Support Coordinator.

Resources

Read the North Van Caregivers blog here.

If you would like to sign up to The Grapevine, NSCR’s newsletter for the caregiver community, email [email protected]

To view the Seniors Directory, a helpful resource guide for services and programs available for seniors, click here.

For regular updates on events, strategies, and workshops, follow us on social media.

NSCR Caregiver Support Facebook

NSCR Caregivers Twitter

For general information about Support Groups and Social Support visit HealthLink BC, click here.

Thank You

NSCR’s Caregiver Support Program is made possible by Vancouver Coastal Health’s Smart Fund and funding from New Horizons for Seniors and by charitable donors like you.