Here you will find useful links to help you manage your caregiving role and to learn more about health and social services in your community.
Diet and Nutrition
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers many programs and services to support healthy eating. HPEPH staff members are available on our Healthy Life Line to answer your questions at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610.
On UnlockFood.ca you’ll find information on nutrition, food and healthy eating as well as recipes, videos and interactive healthy eating tools. The content is written and reviewed by dietitians using the trusted information in the Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN®) database.
Mesothelioma prognosis. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors.
Caregiver Exchange offers Practical Insights for Busy Caregivers
Caregivers and Substance Abuse (The Recovery Village) Being a caregiver is one of the most selfless roles anyone can fulfill. In many cases, it means putting someone else’s needs above your own, sacrificing your time and peace of mind, and finding higher levels of patience and understanding. It can create a sense of purpose, but it can also be very taxing and physically burdensome. The weight may even be extremely emotional, especially if the care involves a terminal condition and if no other person shares the load. Whether the role consists of providing care for a cancer patient or an ill, disabled or elderly person, the demands can drive many caregivers to use and abuse substances to cope.
As a key influencer and advisor in Ontario’s health care system, the Change Foundation seeks to ensure providers, patients and caregivers have an equal voice in informing positive change.
The Ontario Caregiver Coalition is dedicated to recognizing the importance of unpaid caregivers in Ontario by raising awareness of the value they add to the health care system, and by advocating for improved, fair access to needed supports.
The Ontario Caregiver Organization surveyed and engaged with more than 1,000 caregivers to better understand the mental health impacts of caregiving and the factors that contribute to caregiver distress, anxiety and depression. The result is a three-part Caregiver Wish list that reveals the key areas of need that caregivers believe, if addressed, can improve their own mental health.
Information and Referral Sources
ConnexOntario maintains an a database of detailed drug, alcohol, problem gambling, and mental health service information.
Ontario.ca can provide help navigating Ontario’s health care system and connecting with the programs or services you’re looking for.
The Volunteer and Information Centre of Hastings and Prince Edward is a trusted information centre connecting people to the right information to navigate complex networks of human services and organizations.
Southeasthealthline.ca is an innovative resource website, providing consumers and health care providers with accurate and up-to-date information about health services across Ontario.
Health Quality Ontario is the provincial advisor on the quality of health care
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Caregivers Guide. Click here to request a hard copy