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Where can unpaid caregivers get help?

I am a senior living on the Coast. I live with my wife, whose mobility and memory are going. She relies on me for meals, to get around the house and now with managing a lot of our bills too.
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I am a senior living on the Coast. I live with my wife, whose mobility and memory are going. She relies on me for meals, to get around the house and now with managing a lot of our bills too. I am feeling overwhelmed, tired, and with COVID-19, very isolated. I don’t like asking for help, but at this point, I’m looking for advice on where to turn. 

At the Resource Centre, we hear from so many caregivers here on the Coast looking for help, and you are definitely not alone. Our “Caregiver Support Network” is a free and confidential service that can help address your concerns. Our trained coordinator, Michelle, will listen to you, hear your story and offer one-on-one support over the phone. Michelle is knowledgeable about caregiver resources here on the Coast. She can refer you to disease-specific organizations and support groups, and help you navigate the health-care system. Michelle can also connect you to supports that can help with administrative matters and personal planning. We know that caring for a loved one can be challenging on so many levels. We also know that every situation is different. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us so we can help connect you with services locally that match your specific situation. Contact: Michelle, Caregiver Support Network – caregiversupport@resourcecentre.ca or call 604-212-1441.

I heard the Resource Centre can get me a free lawyer. Is this true?

The Resource Centre is a community partner with Legal Aid BC. This means if you are dealing with any kind of legal matter, our “Legal Aid & Information” program can help you navigate your legal rights, legal resources and all the legal jargon. We can help you look into whether you qualify for free legal representation or free legal advice. This can be for matters including criminal law, family law, immigration law and any other area of law you may need help with.

We can email you or print off legal resources specific to your situation. We can photocopy or fax documents free of charge. To set up an in-person or phone appointment with our Justice Navigator, call 604-989-4945, or email: legalinfo@resourcecentre.ca. All messages are confidential, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please note: If you are working around a specific court date or deadline, please contact us as soon as possible so we can do our best to help you.

Angie Theilmann is an information and referral specialist at the Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, your community information hub. Do you have a question? Just Ask Angie! Email: help@resourcecentre.ca