I’m a caregiver. Where do I go for resources?

Look no further. Below is a short list of websites that are either well known to us or have very comprehensive resources. We don’t necessarily agree with everything on these sites, but present them as a starting-point for exploring certain topics.

Long-Term Care Planning Network. This is a well-organized site developed by seniors’ advocate Karen Henderson. There is useful information about caregiving, many information products for sale, and a lot of financial information.  http://howtocare.com/

Family Caregiver Alliance of US National Center on Caregiving. This is a huge American site which serves as a portal for a wide variety of caregiving resources: conferences, other websites, self-help, blogs, etc.  http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp

Eldercare Online. Genuinely helpful site which includes a very thorough library of books on caregiving.  http://www.ec-online.net/

Diamond Geriatrics. Peter Silin, a social worker, offers much caregiving information on this website and caregiving consulting services from his Vancouver agency.  http://www.diamondgeriatrics.com/

Connie Davis. She is a nurse practitioner with an active blogging site, also offering services as a speaker and consultant.  http://www.conniedavis.ca

Home Instead. This is the Canadian site for a large international commercial non-medical caregiving organization.  http://www.seniorservice.ca/

Mark Nowokzynski M.D. is a creative home care physician for the elderly in Toronto. This link is to his National Film Board short piece “Housecalls”.  http://www.nfb.ca/film/house-calls/

Which ones were useful? Which ones weren’t? Tell us your opinion so we can keep this list current and helpful.

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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1 Response to I’m a caregiver. Where do I go for resources?

  1. Pat Petrala says:

    RESOURCES – The nurses line 811 is also useful; the information and referral 211 line now running may also be useful for distinct communities in BC. The LOCAL Library still works to find out things; your elected representatives (city, provincial and federal) and their staff can be called upon to be in the know and help you work the system when necessary. Mind you some are more capable than others.

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