In recognition of National Caregiver Day (April 5), Saint Elizabeth has launched an online resource, “Caring for Family” to enable family caregivers with information and support. An estimated one in four Canadians is a caregiver, caring for aging or ailing family members while in many cases also raising a family of their own. This number is rapidly rising as the number of seniors who need help at home is expected to double over the next 30 years.
The “Caring for Family” resource is available on the Saint Elizabeth website at www.saintelizabeth.com/family. It empowers and supports people caring for family members with aging, illness and injury. Topics include daily living, financial planning, finding health care, and caregiver well-being.
Caring for Family content includes a blog with contributors such as Shirley Roberts, a caregiver and author of Doris Inc: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents; tips and tools to manage caregiving responsibilities; and support for caregivers to take care of themselves. People are encouraged to connect with each other and build networks by sharing comments and discussions.
Working in conjunction with the resource is the Ask an Expert feature, where anyone can submit a question about caregiving that will be answered by qualified Saint Elizabeth health professionals.
Caring for Family (www.saintelizabeth.com/family
- Preparing to be a Caregiver
- Finding Health Care
- Providing Care
- Choosing Living Arrangements
- Family Support
- Caring for Yourself
- Financial and Legal Planning
- Palliative Care and End of Life
Content for this resource was developed in consultation with Saint Elizabeth clinical nurse specialists and home and community care professionals.
As part of the “Caring for Family” resource, Saint Elizabeth offers a free printed or online guide called the Caregiver Compass to help families and friends know where to begin when taking on the responsibility of caring for someone.
Another important caregiver initiative is the Ask Elizabeth service, which opens doorways to caregiving and community support. Anyone can call 1-855-Ask-Eliz or chat online for free at www.saintelizabeth.com to connect with a qualified health professional and gain information that is tailored and on-demand.