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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. 

You are considered a caregiver when you provide 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


Visit the eligibility for home & community care page.


Caregiver support services are free. 

Getting started

Visit the how to access services page to find out how to access caregiver support services.


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

  • Provincial seniors' phone lineProvincial senior's 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. Call 1-877-952-3181, available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m with the exception of statutory holidays. 

  • BC Gov - Access information on caring for seniors and resources for daily care tips and advicebuilding a care guide, and caring for the caregiver

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