Approximately eight million Canadians are caregivers to a loved one facing some sort of mental and/or physical health condition or challenge. Physical distancing practices that have been put in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus are creating unique challenges for caregivers who play many significant roles. Having to accomplish a number of tasks remotely requires new ways of thinking to ensure loved ones continue to receive the care and support they need.
Leaning more heavily on technology may help caregivers stay connected to their loved ones while also making essential tasks like medication reminders easier. There are a number of apps and technology devices that can be used for a variety of needs. Telehealth is another tool that older adults and caregivers can utilize for support regarding existing conditions that can be managed at home.
These uncertain times may create hurdles for caregivers and leave them feeling unprepared with how best to navigate this new reality. It is important to look after your own health and wellbeing and seek out support when needed. Combined telephone and internet support can be especially effective for improving caregivers’ self-efficacy and depression.
We have compiled our evidence-based resources to help caregivers continue to provide the essential support for their loved ones while also looking after themselves.