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Caregiver's Guide

Purpose

Key Questions: Which factors should be considered to become an effective caregiver?

This guide provides information on how to effectively manage caregiver responsibilities. Critical components of care, available services, and tips for developing a support network are addressed. 

More than eight million Canadians are family caregivers. They are individuals (family members, neighbours, friends, and other significant people) who take on the caring role to support someone as he or she ages. With an aging population, it is no longer a question about if someone will assume the role of caregiving; rather it is when. Today, New Brunswickers are living longer and with fewer health issues than in the past; however, most seniors continue to be challenged by at least one chronic disease or condition. Caregivers in the midst of their many day-to-day responsibilities often do not take care of themselves and run the risk of developing health problems and feeling stressed. To help you manage your caregiving responsibilities, we have included information about available services and programs and suggestions about self-care and the importance of building and enlisting the help of a support network. 

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Caregivers
  • Caregivers who are employed
  • Contingency planning
  • Personal care
  • Quality of life
  • Physical environment of the older person
  • Communication
  • Legal concerns
  • Services available under the Long-Term Care Program
  • Preparing for the move to a long-term care facility
  • End of life care
  • Financial assistance for caregivers 
  • Conclusion
  • Additional resources
Link to Tool: 
Caregiver's Guide

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Publication Date: 
2016
Videos: 

Educating Yourself as an Informal Caregiver