A new Guide, “Caregiver Pathways: The Toolpath for Caregivers of Seniors,” will soon be available to caregivers in the Outaouais area. This guide was created by the Société Alzheimer de l’Outaouais Québécois (SAOQ) and L’Appui pour les proches aidants d’aînés Outaouais, with an English version translated by Connexions Resource Centre.
The Guide was launched as part of National Caregiver Week, November 5 to 11. The Guide answers many of the questions asked by caregivers, offering avenues for solutions and reflection, and also serves to demystify the role of the caregiver to help them better recognize themselves as caregivers. Often, those who are responsible for the care of a loved one will not identify themselves as caregivers and as such, will not seek the support and help that they need.
To date, there are over 25 000 close caregivers in the Outaouais region, 82% of which are between the ages of 45 and 64. Caring for a friend, family member or even a neighbour demonstrates love and commitment and can be a very rewarding personal experience. But being a caregiver can lead to exhaustion, worry, inadequate resources, and can sometimes be enormously stressful.
The 36-page document is also intended to be an interactive tool as caregivers are invited to answer specific questions.
Some 2000 copies of the Guide should be printed as part of this three-year project. The document is available from the Société Alzheimer de l’Outaouais Québécois (SAOQ) and l’Appui Outaouais, and will also be provided by Connexions Resources Centre, both in French and in English.
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