The South Delta Caregivers’ Network is a volunteer organization that has been offering education and support to family caregivers since 1994. If you are responsible for the care of a friend or family member at home or in a facility, you are a caregiver.
Caregiving for a loved one can be a rewarding experience but, as time goes on it can also be a source of stress, frustration and exhaustion. It can be confusing to know where to go for help and what services are available. The unending responsibilities and lack of rest can put the health of the caregiver at risk.
The South Delta Caregivers’ Network is holding a six-week education and support group to provide information to help caregivers prepare for the challenges ahead. With handouts, videos and discussions the topics covered include caregiver stress, communication techniques, difficult behaviours, accessing community resources, and financial and legal issues. A major benefit of the series is the opportunity to be with other caregivers who understand and can share experiences as well as practical hints and suggestions. Everything discussed within the group is confidential.
A frequent comment from caregivers is that they wish they had come sooner as the information and support they receive would have made their adjustment easier.
The next education series and support group will start on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. and runs once a week at KinVillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen. Cost is $30 for a KinVillage membership and $20 for the course. After the six weeks there are ongoing monthly drop-in support groups included in the initial fee.
To register phone Laurie at 604-943-3921 or Sylvia at 604-943-7596.