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Caregiver support

Caregiver support is a service to give you a break from the emotional and physical demands of caring for a friend or relative. Caregiving, even when given with love, can be stressful. We offer respite care, a short period of rest and relief, so you can continue to provide good care. It is available at home or outside of the home through short-term stays in a care facility or hospice. This service is one of the many Home and Community Care services available.

Who is a caregiver?

A caregiver is anyone who provides unpaid care and support to an adult friend or family member who:

  • Has an ongoing illness or disability
  • Is elderly
  • Is approaching the end of their life

Are you eligible for caregiver support?

Visit the Eligibility page for home and community care services.

Access and costs for caregiver support

Visit the How to access services page and Costs page for home and community care services.

Additional caregiver support is available

Some caregiving days are more difficult than others but there is always a number you can call to talk to someone who's ready to listen. The following numbers provide support during all hours of the day.

Mental health and information line

This line provides emotional support, information on appropriate referral options and support relating to mental health concerns. Visit the Here to Help website for mental health and substance use information you can trust.

Provincial toll-free number 24 hours a day: 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number)

Seniors Distress Line

(604) 872-1234 - Distress Phone Services provide confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Provincial seniors' phone line

 1 (877) 952-3181 - A single provincial phone line will allow you and your family to report concerns about your care. You will be provided with direct support and timely follow-up through to resolution. Available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m with the exception of statutory holidays. 

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