The Incredible Role of Family and Friend Caregivers, presented by Lycia Rodrigues, Caregiver Support Manager, Family Caregivers of BC
Caregiving is not new, but families in Canada are now providing more complex care for a longer period of time than ever before. Family caregiving can take many forms. Do you provide care and support for an adult family member, partner, friend or neighbour? If so, you are a caregiver.
Caregivers are important supports in the health of family members and friends in BC. They also play an important role in reporting adult abuse, neglect, and self-neglect. Being a caregiver can sometimes feel like being on an emotional roller coaster. Many caregivers are also caregiving alone. In this session, participants can expect to learn about:
- What a family caregiver is and the types of tasks and activities that comprise the role.
- Common caregiver needs and the impacts of the work on the health of the caregiver.
- The needs of a caregiver to stay healthy and the complexities of the feelings a caregiver may experience.
- The resources and supports for caregivers, including the process of creating a support plan and tips on how to strengthen a caregiver’s support network.
This presentation is open to everyone, including people who are caregivers, people who will become caregivers, and people who work with caregivers. There will be time at the end of the session for questions.
Lycia Rodrigues began her professional career as a psychologist in Brazil, working within a public health programming context for adults and caregivers dealing with chronic diseases. She has a
Master’s degree with a focus on Gerontology. Improving the quality of life for seniors and caregivers has been a significant part of Lycia’s vocational calling in various capacities in non-profit organizations and health authorities in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Lycia is grateful that her work at FCBC allows her to connect deeply with caregivers, developing relationships that offer her a better understanding of how to increase meaningful supports for family and friend caregivers.
Provincial Learning Events are free webinars that take place the third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 am to 12 pm (PST). Everyone is welcome.
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