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Family Caregiver Support

Caregiving is often done from the heart but is the hardest commitment a person can make.  Cambrian Counselling and Wellness understands the sacrifices caregivers make to ensure that the people they care for get what they need, the way they need it. 

 

Caregiver stress is a real phenomenon.  Symptoms of caregiver stress include:

  • “Changes in appetite, such as eating too much or too little.

  • Negative emotions such as hopelessness, depression or feelings of alienation.

  • Loss of control, either physically or emotionally.

  • Poor treatment of the loved one you are caring for.

  • Problems sleeping, such as trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much.

  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy.

  • Use of alcohol, medications or sleeping pills in an attempt to feel better.” (2023, pennmedicine.org.)

What we can do to help:

1. Navigation – understanding your loved ones’ diagnoses; coordinating services involved that can include speaking with specialists, treatment planning, understanding your rights and your loved ones’ rights, financial considerations, personal care and decision making for the end of life.

2. Caring for yourself – taking time for self-care; identifying conflicting emotions, including burnout, and support services for you.

3. Adjustment - Helping families to adjust to a “new normal” as demands for care change or progress to the need for more intensive care.

4. Palliative care – understanding what this means and supporting your loved one and family during the process of dying and after. Grief support as needed.

While this is a private pay service, we can meet you in a free consult and will ensure to match you to the support you need, regardless of whether you continue with our service.  We also offer:

GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLING:

  • For persons who have been diagnosed with mental health or age related challenges such as depression or anxiety, dementia, Alzheimers disease.

  • for those who are struggling to cope with new disability (ie/ stroke, heart attack),

  • For those experiencing grief and loss and need support for end of life decision making, such as power of attorney and care planning.

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