Caregiver Support During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Caregivers are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Community South West Region Pandemic Planning Table recognizes the increased strain and challenges of caregiving during this time. Below, you will find a one-stop shop of information and resources to support caregivers in Grey Bruce, Huron Perth, London Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin.

Information and Resources for Caregivers

Staying Safe at Home

Practical Tips on Providing Care


During the pandemic, many programs that caregivers rely on for respite and/or
assistance with personal care (e.g. moving/transferring, toileting/incontinence
care, eating/drinking, hygiene, oral care, dressing, grooming, etc.) have had to
change their services. This may leave the caregiver to provide care that they may
not normally do on a regular basis. There are information and resources
available to support caregivers in taking on these added activities.
Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




Mental Health


Especially during this time of social/physical distancing, it is more important than ever for caregivers to remain as connected as possible and maintain good physical and mental health. Tips for Caregivers -Updated December 2020




Grocery and Meal Delivery, Food Banks and Food Safety


Resources and information for caregivers is available to help with safely getting and preparing food during the pandemic. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




How to Explain Social/Physical Distancing


Understanding social/physical distancing and how it applies in situations can be challenging; explaining it to someone that may have changes in their communication, thinking and/or memory is even harder. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




Financial Concerns


Resources and information for caregivers is available to help with safely getting and preparing food during the pandemic. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




Protecting Yourself and the Person You Are Caring For


In deciding to allow healthcare workers into your home, there are many things to consider and a number of steps that you and the health care worker can take to protect everyone in the home. Tips for Caregivers: Updated December 2020




Practical Tips for Providing Care


Many programs that caregivers rely on have had to change their services, leaving caregivers to provide care that they may not normally do on a regular basis. There are information and resources available to support caregivers in taking on these activities. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




Respite and Activity Ideas


Many programs that caregivers rely on for respite have had to change their services, leaving caregivers without much needed breaks. There are information and resources available to support caregivers during this time. Tips for Caregivers: Updated December 2020




Abuse in the Home


The pandemic is a stressful time, which may affect people’s ability to cope. Abuse can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial and include neglect. Information and resources are available to help you through these difficult times. Tips for Caregivers: Updated December 2020





Caregiving From a Social/Physical Distance

Long Term Care, Retirement Home or Private Residence


Caregiving from a distance is hard. Caregiving from a distance during COVID-19 is even more daunting. There are things that you can do to help the person you are caring for from a physical distance. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




Considering Moving a Resident from Long Term Care or Retirement Home


The decision to move a resident from Long Term Care or Retirement Home may be considered by some during COVID-19. There are important considerations to think about in order to make a decision on what to do. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




When the Person You are Caring for Gets Ill and/or Needs to Self-Isolate


With the changes in services and visiting restrictions in the hospital, caregivers are concerned what will happen if the person they are caring for becomes ill. Planning ahead and knowing what information and services are available is critical. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020




When the Caregiver Gets Ill and/or Needs to Self-Isolate


Caregivers are concerned what is going to happen to the person they are caring for if they get ill during the pandemic. Planning ahead and knowing what information and services are available is critical. Tips for Caregivers - Updated December 2020





If you need more information or support

Contact your local Community Support Services through central intake:

The Ontario Caregiver Organization 

Questions or Comments?

Let us know if you have suggestions for information or resources that would be helpful.

Please contact: Cheryl.McDonald@sjhc.london.on.ca

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