If you are a caregiver living in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, here is an information and resource session that is well worth attending. It’s the Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society Caregiver Expo.
I spoke with Helena at the office (604-291-2258) and she gave me some info on who the exhibitors will be.
BC 211 agent. Helena told me this is a help line where people actually answer the phone when you dial 211. You tell them your situation: e.g. “My wife has dementia, and I would like to go away for a few days. Are there any respite care facilities in my area?” Internet research is great, but this new approach to the old Redbook is personable, friendly and well resourced.
A support line representative from the Family Caregivers of BC will be available to advise on the services provided by this organization. http://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/get-help/1-to-1-caregiver-coaching-2/
Various care home companies (e.g. Chartwell and Harmony House) will be on site to answer questions regarding assisted and independent living. Did you know that some care homes offer temporary respite stays? What a great way to introduce your loved one to the possibility of community living. To check them out before going you may wish to research at www.comfortlife.ca
Allies in Aging holds North Shore workshops such as : Exploring Depression and Delirium; Translink Rider Training; and It’s Not Right! a workshop exploring how to detect and report elder abuse. alliesinaging.ca/
Citizen Support Services representative: From Burnaby City, this department offers grocery shopping and delivery for seniors, (free of charge), companionship through visitations and phone buddies, as well as lunches, bus trips and resource information.
Revenue Canada agents will be on hand to explain the various caregiving credits available for use at tax time.
Service Canada agents will explain the ins and outs of the newly extended compassionate care leave for those who work and still fill the caregiver’s role.
These are just a sampling of the exhibitors expected to attend. And there’s a bonus–admission and parking are free. There is something for every caregiver to enjoy at this event sponsor by the Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society https://www.bsoss.org/
Caregiver Expo 2018
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Place: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC
Free admission and free parking!
DO YOU LOOK AFTER A RELATIVE, FRIEND OR NEIGHBOUR WHO COULDN’T MANAGE WITHOUT YOUR HELP?
If you provide unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has a mental health or substance misuse problem, you are a caregiver. Come along to our Expo to learn about programs and services that can support you in your caring journey.
The Caregiver Expo will feature over 20 exhibitors, Door Prize Draws, and great speakers including a keynote speech by Bee Quammie, Writer, Digital Content Creator, Event Speaker.
Any questions please call 604-291-2258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.