SOS for Burnaby caregivers
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2 Years running
Hundreds of people have benefited from educational workshops and caregiver support provided by the Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society. Funding was withdrawn at the end of June and they need your help to keep the caregivers' programs going. More ...

In June of 2014, the Burnaby Seniors Outreach Society lost funding for its caregiver support program. Its funding partner, the United Way, has decided to focus on Better At Home programs for seniors. But who cares for the elderly in their homes? Often this task falls to family members who need help coping with these sometimes overwhelming responsibilities

"The Ministry of Health has this philosophy of home is best. They're trying to keep people home longer and longer. That means more work for family caregivers," says Linda Comba, BSOSS’s program director. "However, the longer seniors stay at home, ... the higher the incidence of developing complex care needs. That means family caregivers will be caring for them longer and also in more complex situations."

(Full story in Burnaby Now here.)

The caregiver support program includes support group meetings every two weeks, a information handbook that includes local resources that caregivers can turn to for help, educational workshops with trained gerontology professionals and an annual information and speakers fair, which draws an estimated 200 to 300 people.

We can offer each component of the program individually as the money becomes available. We welcome all donations. You can also choose from the list at right, which gives you an idea of what each component costs.

Please watch this video to get a sense of why this program is so vital in to caregivers.

Whether you can give $5 or $5,000, all donations can make a difference in the life of a caregiver and their family member. Thank you!

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Meeting Space Rental
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You'd donation of $15 covers the cost of renting the space for the caregivers support group, a chance for caregivers to share stories with people who really understand their challenges and can provide coping strategies.
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Handbook for Caregiver
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Taking care of a loved one can seem overwhelming. This handbook lets a caregiver know what resources are available in the community.
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Educational Workshop for Caregiver
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Who cares for the caregiver? This covers the cost for a caregiver to attend one educational workshop.
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One-to-one Peer Support
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This program links caregivers with peer counsellors. $75 pays for two months of one-to-one emotional support for one caregiver.
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Translation Services
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Burnaby is a diverse community. This allows us to translate our resource information to ensure everyone knows what help is available.
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One Year of Support Group Meetings
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This covers the cost of group meetings that are facilitated by a professional gerontologist. Meetings give caregivers an opportunity to share their challenges, their solutions and their support for one another.
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Education Series with Professional Gerontologist
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Provides caregivers information on everything they need to know but don't know they need to know it! Program runs over six weeks.
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Caregiver Information Fair
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This one-stop annual event is an excellent way for people to see first-hand what resources are available. $5,000 pays for our qualified speakers, printed materials and venue.
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