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Caregivers

Caregiver

Caregivers are invaluable to the people for whom they care, and to society. It’s a role that can also be exhausting, and stressful and overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. March of Dimes Canada offers a wide variety of programs that help you connect with other caregivers and access community resources. We all need help sometimes. Caregiving changes everything, so whether you need  reliable information or just someone who knows what you’re going through, we’re here. 

Remember, you deserve support too!

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Connecting to one another virtually

March of Dimes Canada is committed to continuing to provide the supports our community needs in new and innovative ways through this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our first priority is your health, so we’re offering as many programs as possible online to ensure you can safely participate during the pandemic. Now, more than ever, it’s important to connect and support each other. 

Caregiver Project Webinars and Peer Support

MODC offers online programs and platforms for caregivers, 
that connect you with resources, tools, and a community of people who understand. MODC's Caregiver Project hosts online events, talks and support sessions, bringing together caregivers, caregiver experts and advocates to share their lived experiences and bright ideas. The aim is to assist families and friends caring for a loved one after stroke or a chronic illness. We offer a number of online events, activities and resources:

Guest Speaker Webinars 

Funded by The Trillium Foundation, our speaker webinars bring together professionals and caregiving experts to share their knowledge on relevant topics. From advocacy to communication, our webinars offer a quick, convenient way access to information you can use every day. 

Join us at the scheduled time and share in the online dialogue.



Ontario Trillium Foundation*These webinars are brought to you thanks to a collaboration between March of Dimes Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


Caregiver Connection Group

Join our community of caregivers to talk about the challenges and rewards of caregiving. These guided discussions offer a chance to share experiences and information, or just talk, in a supportive space.

Ontario Trillium Foundation*This program is available thanks to a collaboration between March of Dimes Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


Virtual Peer Support

No one understands quite like somebody who has lived the same experience. Our Peer Support program pairs caregivers with peers who are also experienced in caregiving and can offer practical advice and support by phone or a video chat.  

Contact Raney Jansma at rjansma@marchofdimes.ca or 705-794-2097 for more details about this program. 
    

Caregiver Support Sessions

These sessions provide tools to meet the unique needs of caregivers with the aim of reducing stress, learning new coping and problem solving skills. The support sessions are used in conjuction with the Caregiver Support Session Handbook that will guide you through each session and act as a resource for information throughout your caregiving journey. 

Click here to view a selection of pre-recorded Caregiver Support Sessions. 


The Caregiver Project Brochure

The Caregiver Project BrochureThe Caregiver Project Brochure provides information on all the programs and events that are offered, plus 5 Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout, Stress Management & Self-Care Tips for Caregivers, and additional resources. 




A Caregiver's Guide to Stroke Recovery

Caregiver GuideA Caregiver’s Guide To Stroke Recovery offers useful information to help you be the best caregiver to your loved one. In this guide, you will find information on stroke recovery and spasticity, how to communicate with stroke survivors, and maintain healthy relationships, existing aphasia camps, and other helpful resources. You will also find inspiring real-life stories about other caregivers and stroke survivors that will encourage you to see that there is life for everyone after stroke.



Additional After Stroke Supports and Services

After Stroke supports successful transitions 

Hospital to HomeFrom Hospital to Home 

We answer the question 
"What do we do now?"


Transitioning to the home can be a very complex and challenging process for stroke survivors and their family. March of Dimes Canada's After Stroke program is here to support everyone involved in the process.

Services include:

  • Hospital Visitation programs – Trained people who have had a stroke and and have first-hand experience of the stroke recovery journey come to the hospital to talk and share their knowledge and experience about stroke recovery.

  • Home Adjustments Tips – Physical disabilities resulting from a stroke can make daily activities at home a challenge. View some tips to help make your home more accessible for the transition back from the hospital.

  • Assistive Devices Program – The program provides financial aid to help buy, repair and maintain a variety of mobile and assistive devices, including wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, aids for daily living and more.

  • Home and Vehicle Modification Program – Financial aid is available for eligible individuals to provide home and vehicle modifications. The program enables stroke survivors to continue to live accessible, independent lives in their homes, avoid job loss, and participate within their communities.   
Click here to find out more about After Stroke Hospital to Home services and programs.


After Stroke supports successful transitions 

Home to CommunityFrom Home to Community 

Time to help your love one and yourself get back to participating in the community.

After Stroke is focused on providing community-based supports that lead to community re-engagement with the goal of remaining active and healthy. 


Services include:

  • Peer Support Groups  You are not alone. Connect with fellow caregivers and stroke survivors in a support group to help you through this time. You can learn about stroke recovery, disability management, and stroke recovery resources in your area. 

  • Aphasia Camps – There are a number of Aphasia Camps and Retreats that are run throughout Canada that bring together people with aphasia, their families, health care professionals and volunteers. Activities are both recreational and therapeutic with the goal to help live more successfully with aphasia through participating in physical, social and educational activities in a barrier free environment.

  • Recreation and Accessible Travel  Find fully-accessible travel opportunities, whether you are looking for a week-long adventure, trips around the world or the opportunity to enjoy beautiful destinations close to home, March of Dimes Canada's Recreation and Integration Services can help you find what you are looking for.

  • After Stroke also has a number of Mobility and Rehabilitation programs that assist stroke survivors to become more independent, including Conductive Education® Rehabilitation for neuromotor disabilities, TIME™ (Together in Movement and Exercise) program to improve balance and mobility, Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program (ACDP) for adults with aphasia and communication disabilties, and Next Steps Walking Program to get out walking with other stroke survivors, caregivers and family members. 





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