A caregiver is a person who provides informal and unpaid personal care, support or assistance to another person because that other person has an illness, disability or challenge due to aging. As a caregiver, you may be helping your parent attend doctor’s appointments, bringing over groceries on a weekly basis or living with your loved one so you can administer medications and provide personal care.
Whether you are starting your caregiving journey or are years into it, you will find information on the following topics:
Caregiving can be extremely rewarding but it can also be challenging. Here are some tips to help you get started:
There are many organizations in Manitoba that specialize in supporting people who have been diagnosed with a medical condition (ie. Alzheimer Disease, ALS, MS or Heart Disease) and their caregivers. They often have information on the condition, special supports, counselling services and support groups available. To locate one, contact the Seniors Information Line at 204-945-6565 or 1-800-665-6565 or visit the Health and Wellness section of the Manitoba Seniors’ Guide .
Connecting with your Seniors Community Resource Council or Senior Centre in your loved one’s community is also another great way to find out what programs and resources are available. They offer a variety of programs such as seniors congregate meal programs, seniors transportation programs, health and wellness programs and physical activity opportunities. To locate one in your community, see the Manitoba Seniors’ Guide or call the Seniors Information Line at 204-945-6565 or 1-800-665-6565.
For more information on caregiving, see the Guide for the Caregiver – Information and Resources for Caregivers of Older Adults.
Caregiving can be rewarding but it can also effect people in many different ways. Sometimes it impacts people emotionally and sometimes it impacts people financially. You may find the following resources for caregivers helpful to you during your journey:
Caregiver Guide – Information and Resources for Caregivers of Older Adults - contains an overview of the programs and supports available to caregivers including how to access support groups.
Manitoba Seniors Guide – contains a section on “4.0 Caregiving and End-Of-Life Care”
The Manitoba Seniors’ Guide is a listing of all the programs and services available to older Manitobans. This a great place to start if you are wondering what is available or if you are looking for a specific resource to help with transportation or housing.
You can also call us on the Seniors Information Line at 204-945-6565 or 1-800-665-6565. Another great place to connect with is your Seniors Community Resource Council in your neighbourhood or Senior Centre. They can offer you information on local neighbourhood programs and services such as congregate meal programs for seniors, transportation programs or wellness classes.
If you feel like you need a break, talk to your Home Care Case Coordinator or contact your local Regional Health Authority Office to discuss respite care. Respite care provides relief to caregivers of home care clients who require up to 24 hour care and supervision. Rupert’s Land Caregiver Services can also provide short term respite.
For more information on accessing counselling services, view section 7.9 of the Manitoba Seniors’ Guide. If you need to speak to someone immediately, contact the Klinic Crisis Line at 204-786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019.
Everyone runs into road blocks. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Here are some organizations that can help you: