About Us

28% (8.1 million) Canadians over the age of 15 provide care to a chronically ill,

disabled or aging family member or friend.  Among these, 60% (4.9 million) are employed.

The number of caregivers is increasing with aging baby boomers where some

are part of the Sandwich Generation.

Statistics Canada 2012 General Social Survey

 

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Click for - Foundation Statements:  Vision, Mission, Mandate and Values

 

Caregivers Out of Isolation NL

A provincial program of the Seniors Resource Centre NL since 2000.

Committed to supporting Caregivers of all ages who CARE for family members and friends of any age.  

The direction and activities of the COI-NL Program is guided by a Provincial Advisory Committee made up of professionals and caregivers with a focus on information, education and recognition:

  1. providing information to caregivers and the people they CARE for,
  2. delivering educational presentations,
  3. recognizing the vital role that caregivers play in homes and within the health care system.
 
The Program offers:
 
Phone Line - Information, Referral and Emotional Support
Newsletter - delivered by mail, Email or click "Resources" on this website
Guide for Caregivers - a "must have" for caregivers. 
Caregiver Networks and Support Groups - In some communities around the Province
Presentations - for caregivers and when possible, work places, professionals and organizations
 
Over the years we have observed:
 
  1. some people do not identify with the word caregiver - they are "a wife, husband, partner, parent," family member or friend helping out
  2. caregivers are youth and adults of all ages
  3. rural caregiving has unique benefits and challenges
  4. caregiving is a natural part of family life and can be extended to friends and neighbors
  5. the majority of older adults want to live in their own homes (not a personal care home or nursing home)
  6. many caregivers are committed to visiting spouses, partners, family members and friends in care facilities
  7. adult children are supporting their parents or siblings from a distance, known as "long distance" caregiving
  8. parents of all ages are caring for teen and adult children with disabilities and responsible for their well being
  9. caregiving can be as simple as gathering information, "checking in" more often, running a few errands, or helping with meals
  10. for some, caregiving is a full time commitment - 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
  11. accurate information helps caregivers and the person they care for explore all the options and make informed decisions
  12. some people are eligible for financial assistance for services like home care or transportation costs and don't realize it
  13. there are joys and challenges for those who step into a caregiving role

 

Caregivers know best because they speak from experience.  Here are helpful quotes from caregivers:
 
1. Use Services
"Don't try to do everything yourself. Avail of whatever help and services you can."
"Find out all the services that are available and get all the help you can."
 
2. Take Care of Yourself
"It’s going to be a difficult road so don't neglect yourself or you will burn out too quickly."
"Maintain a sense of humor."
"Take a break whether you need it or not."
 
3. Be Patient
"You must have lots of patience. You have to love and care about the person you are helping."
 
4. Prepare
"Prepare yourself for all the sacrifice and commitment needed"
"If there's more than one family member, they should all get together and decide on a plan before one person has it all on herself/himself. Sit down as a family and share."
 
5. Do the Best You Can
"Try to do the best you can, but don't forget yourself!"
 
 
**Care-Ring Voice Network