Caregiver Resources

Caring for the Caregiver

Resources for Caregivers in Mimico Village

What is Caregiver Burden?

“Physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion experienced by someone who cares for those who are chronically ill, disabled or cognitively impaired”

Are you experiencing any of these signs or symptoms?

          • Fatigue
          • Poor appetite
          • Weight Loss
          • Body Aches
          • Depression
          • Feeling of Hopelessness
          • Feeling Isolated
          • Agitation
          • Frustration

Why it matters?

Caregiver burden has been shown to be associated with increased risk for depression and a poor quality of life

Individuals who practice self-care and access resources are more likely to be healthier and provide better care

 

Self-Care

 

Self-care is planning and taking the time to attend to your basic physical, mental, and emotional needs

Physical Self-Care:

          • Eat a balanced diet
          • Take time to rest
          • Exercise: walking, stretching, yoga
          • Other: massages, breathing exercises, long baths

 

Mental Self-Care:

          • Focus your attention on the present (mindfulness)
          • Practice gratitude
          • Be patient with yourself
          • Learn how to provide care effectively

 

Emotional Self-Care:

          • Acknowledge your feelings without judgment, guilt, or embarrassment
          • Learn to say no
          • Ask for help when you need it
          • Join a support group

 

Even 10 minutes is enough!

Make it a daily habit to take care of yourself

Self-Care Resources

 

Dementia Carers:

Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training

https://www.dementiacarers.ca/

            • TEACH - communication and coping skills training (in-person)
            • CARERS - practical skills training and emotional support (online or in-person)
            • Dementia Advisor App - scenario-based training

 

Caregiver Forum and Support Group:

www.agingcare.com

            • Discussions for caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia

 

            • Elizzbot: On-demand support Smart Chatbot for Family Caregivers
                  • Includes mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy
                  • Confidential and secure

 

Breathe: Relax and Recharge (FREE)

                  • Breathing exercises for beginners
                  • Available in the App Store

Self-Referral Resources

You can easily register yourself to the program by contacting the following:

Storefront Humber

2445 Lake Shore Boulevard West

(416) 259-4207

www.storefronthumber.ca

Supportive care to seniors and adults with disabilities

 

Local Health Integration Network

(416) 310-2222

http://healthcareathome.ca/torontocentral/en/Getting-Care/getting-started

Assess and implement services as required

 

Alderwood South Adult Day Program (ADP) 

525 Horner Avenue

(416) 243-0127

Supervised day programs for adults with disabilities

 

Better Living Health and Community Services

(416) 447-7244 ext. 541

Caregiver support, companionship services, meals and grocery delivery

 

Alzheimer Society Caregiver Project for Seniors Support Group

(416) 322-6560

 

The Ontario Caregiver Organization

1-833-416-2273

Helpline for 24/7 support

Map

Community Centers:

                         1. Horner Avenue Seniors Center

20 Horner Ave (416) 394-6000

                         2. Franklin Horner Community Center

432 Horner Ave (416) 252-6822

 

Recreational Parks:

                         3. Amos Waites Park

                         4. Mimico Waterfront Park

 

Faith-based Organizations:

                        5. Mimico Presbyterian

119 Mimico Ave (416) 255-0213

                        6. St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church

277 Royal York Rd (416) 251-1109

                        7. Wesley Mimico United Church

2 Station Rd (416) 251-5811