It’s well known that patients with life-threatening illnesses receive diligent care from CIUSSS teams in hospitals and residences throughout the network. But there are also greater numbers of palliative patients who are being looked after in their homes, often by a family member or loved one.
These caregivers can now obtain support and some respite through a workshop developed by a team from CIUSSS West-Central Montreal’s Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology. Led by Social Workers Zelda Freitas and Patrick Durivage of the CLSC René-Cassin, the 10-session interactive workshop connects the caregivers—who are often alone in their role—to services offered by local CLSCs and resources in the community.
The weekly sessions, which are free of charge, are also a source of comfort to caregivers, says Mr. Durivage. “We cover topics ranging from caregivers’ rights and the financial aspects of caring, but we find participants especially appreciate having a sympathetic space where they can share their experiences with others in similar situations.”
The next workshop begins September 27. If you are in contact with caregivers in your daily practice who may be interested in participating, you can refer them, for information or to register, to Mr. Durivage at 514 484-7878, extension 1393.