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Getting Your Own Support

To prevent or get past burnout, turn to other people—from family and friends to therapists and support groups. Aim to build up a core “tribe” that can help with logistical tasks and provide emotional support. Although you may consider your family to be your first resource, always remember that your loved one’s healthcare team can also provide caregiver support. They are there to help, so reach out to them as needed.

Perhaps the most valuable thing of all is to connect with other caregivers. These are your true peers who can validate your experience, give you fresh ideas and a shoulder to lean on.

Caregiver Associations

National

Carers Canada — www.carerscanada.ca

The Canadian Caregiver Network — www.thecaregivernetwork.ca

The Canadian Home Care Association — www.cdnhomecare.ca

Alberta

Caregivers Alberta—www.caregiversalberta.ca

British Columbia

Family Caregivers of British Columbia—www.familycaregiversbc.ca

New-Brunswick

New Brunswick Home Support Association—www.nbhsa.ca

Newfoundland

CareGivers — www.caregiversnl.com

Nova Scotia

Caregivers Nova Scotia — www.caregiversns.org/francais

Ontario

Caregivers’ Action Centre — www.caregiversactioncentre.org

Home Care Ontario — www.homecareontario.ca

Ontario Caregiver Organization — www.ontariocaregiver.ca

Ontario Caregiver Coalition — www.ontariocaregivercoalition.ca

Quebec

Association des proches aidants de la Capitale-Nationale — www.apacn.org

Carrefour des proches aidants de Québec — www.prochesaidantsquebec.com

Regroupement des aidants naturels du Québec — www.ranq.qc.ca

Regroupement des aidants naturels de la Mauricie — www.rdanm.org

Regroupement des aidants et aidantes naturels de Montréal — www.raanm.net