The Canadian Red Cross: Do not overlook this amazing non-profit society. So much publicity is given to their disaster relief programs, and not enough to the work they do at home. Virtually any equipment you may need from canes to hospital beds is available free through them with a requisition from an occupational therapist or medical professional. For information about the Red Cross in your area, please see: www.redcross.ca/ or, in the US, http://www.redcross.org/
Fraser Health Authority: Provides a wide variety of integrated health care services in BC’s lower mainland, including home support, respite care, and home health nursing staff. For more information see: www.fraserhealth.ca/
Valerie Green: This well-published BC author has written about caring for her parents in Embrace The Journey – A Care Giver’s Story – Stratis Publishing Ltd., 2008
Carol Cline Schultz: In her book, Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey, Carol traces her steps to recovery from a stroke which robbed her of speech.
Alma Vaugeois, Clinical Counsellor. Alma is a lower mainland (BC) counsellor with thirty years experience. To learn more about Alma, go to www.almavaugeois.com/
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