Are you a Caregiver Looking for Support? Start Here!
A number of different organizations, groups, and websites exist in Ontario that can provide support and resources for family caregivers. Below is a list of starting points that family caregivers can contact to inquire about local services or to find peer support (excerpt from www.thecaringexperience.ca).
Provincial Resources 211 Ontario has a central community information line that can provide you with a wealth of information about resources in your community. Click the link above or dial 211. thehealthline.ca Find community services in your area of Ontario using the name of your community, postal code, or by map. Community Care Access Centers Ontario's 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), located across the province, assist people in getting the home and community care they need in their region. Ontario Community Support Association OCSA is the voice of home and community support, representing hundreds of agencies, 25,000 staff, and 100,000 volunteers across Ontario.
Government of Ontario – Ontario.ca How to find help if you take care of a senior or a family member with special needs. Home Care Ontario Home Care Ontario is a member-based organization representing providers of quality home care services from across Ontario. Ontario Ministry of Labour – Family Caregiver Leave Family caregiver leave is unpaid, job-protected leave of up to eight weeks per calendar year per specified family member.
Online Resources Elizz.com Powered by Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Elizz delivers service, support, and new possibilities for those caring for others. The Caregiver Exchange If you’re caring for a family member or friend who is facing the challenges of age, disability, illness, or injury, CaregiverExchange.ca can connect you with a wide range of information, services, and supports. The Family Caregiver The Family Caregiver website provides articles, resources, tips, and online forums for caregivers across Canada. Caregiving Matters Caregiving Matters is an internet-based registered charity offering education and support to family caregivers. Canadian Virtual Hospice The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers, and educators. The Powerhouse Project The Powerhouse Project offers online resources and articles for Ontario’s young carers – youth and young adults, who are in a caregiving role for a family member needing assistance with their daily-lived experience.
Caregiver Advocacy Ontario Caregiver Coalition The Ontario Caregiver Coalition is dedicated to recognizing the importance of unpaid caregivers in Ontario by raising awareness of the value they add to the health care system, and by advocating for improved, fair access to needed supports. OCC strives to be the ‘voice’ of caregivers in the province. Carers Canada Established in 2000, Carers Canada is a virtual alliance of diverse partner organizations that work collectively, and autonomously, to identify and respond to the needs of caregivers in Canada.
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