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Being a caregiver means:

  • Helping someone close to you… 

They might be a friend, a spouse or, ex-spouse or family member. 

  • Because they have lost their autonomy… 

This may be due to physical or cognitive problems (e.g. reduced mobility due to age, an accident or handicap, Alzheimer’s, etc.) 

  • And supporting them in any form. 

This might include shopping or meal prep, managing accounts and bills, providing medical care or attending to their hygiene, etc. This support can be from 1 hour per week to full time, for 6 months, or for life. 

Program description

The mission of the Chosen Family program is to reach out to LGBTQ+ individuals who are close caregivers of elders‧e‧s to support them, educate them about existing services, and help them develop knowledge that will be useful in their role. This project has three components:

  • An information and awareness campaign among the LGBTQ+ communities on the concept of a caregiver, so that these people recognize themselves as such and can benefit from existing resources.

  • Monthly workshops for LGBTQ+ people in a caregiver situation or interested in this issue. These sessions will allow them to acquire skills useful to their role and obtain information on existing support services.

  • The purpose of the Famille choisie discussion group is to allow caregivers to share their situation with others and to discuss various issues that concern them. The discussion group is reserved for caregivers of sexual and gender diversity (LGBTQ+).

Upcoming events

  • Groupe S'outiller ensemble
    Mon, Nov 28
    Événement en ligne
    Nov 28, 5:30 p.m.
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    Cette activité se veut un moment de partage et de réflexion. Elle s’adresse aux personnes LGBTQ+ qui sont proches aidantes ou qui s’intéressent à la question des proches aidant‧e‧s. Nos activités sont aussi ouvertes aux proches aidant‧e‧s qui aident une personne LGBTQ+.
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Past workshops have covered topics such as: mental health, meditation, managing aggressive behaviour, compassion fatigue, the challenges of daily routines, and tax advice for caregivers.  

Am I a caregiver?

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