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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
    Wed, May 25
    Événement en ligne
    May 25, 4:00 p.m.
    Événement en ligne
    « Reconnaitre, respecter et faire respecter ses limites»
  • Groupe de discussion Famille choisie
    Wed, May 18
    Événement en ligne
    May 18, 4:00 p.m.
    Événement en ligne
    À la demande du groupe, ce groupe de discussion sera dédié à approfondir la question de comment reconnaitre ses limites, les respecter et les faire respecter.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: the physical, emotional and financial impact on those affected and their loved ones.
    May 11, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Online workshop
    In this workshop, Claire Webster will explain through her 12 years experience as a caregiver for her mother, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, as well as the lessons she has learned in terms of the appropriate tools for manage care well, without forgetting the financial impact

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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