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Information for Caregivers and Volunteers

We conduct a three-month online support group for those caring for someone over the age of 55. Connect with people who understand. Explore health and wellbeing tips for caregivers and strategies for caregiving.

Visit our calendar page to see upcoming events.

GENERAL RESOURCE AND LINKS

Name Website links About
Advanced Care Planning https://www.nidus.ca/ Nidus is a non-profit charitable organization that are the expert on Representation Agreements. They provide public legal education on personal planning and related matters; training for volunteers and groups; problem solving and coaching in support of best practices for attorneys, representatives, and monitors; and policy consultation for third parties.
Fetch Directory https://kb.fetchbc.ca/ Online directory of local community resources
BC 211 https://bc211.ca/ Online database for resources throughout BC
BC Community Response Network https://bccrns.ca/ "The British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN) grew out of the need to create an on-going, permanent provincial funding and support structure for the benefit of vulnerable adults who are experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) abuse, neglect, and self-neglect."
Reach Out https://www.reachoutinthekootenays.com/ Free mental health support for people who can't afford any other options.
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Advanced Care Planning https://www.nidus.ca/
Nidus is a non-profit charitable organization that are the expert on Representation Agreements. They provide public legal education on personal planning and related matters; training for volunteers and groups; problem solving and coaching in support of best practices for attorneys, representatives, and monitors; and policy consultation for third parties.
Fetch Directory https://kb.fetchbc.ca/
Online directory of local community resources
BC 211 https://bc211.ca/
Online database for resources throughout BC
BC Community Response Network https://bccrns.ca/
"The British Columbia Association of Community Response Networks (BC CRN) grew out of the need to create an on-going, permanent provincial funding and support structure for the benefit of vulnerable adults who are experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) abuse, neglect, and self-neglect."
Reach Out https://www.reachoutinthekootenays.com/
Free mental health support for people who can't afford any other options

ORGANIZATION WITH SUPPORT GROUPS FOR CAREGIVERS AND CARE RECIPIENTS

Name Website links About
Family Caregivers of BC https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
Support Line: 1-877-520-3267
"FCBC supports caregivers by providing access to information, education, and supports that enable caregivers to feel more confident and successful in their role." They offer phone suppoprt and coaching too.
CNIB https://www.cnib.ca/en?region=bc Resources for people with vision impairment or who are blind
Alzheimer Society https://alzheimer.ca/bc/en
Toll-free: 1-855-301-6742
Email: info.westkootenay@alzheimerbc.org
In-person support groups for Caregivers. These groups are located in Grand Forks, Nelson, and Trail; and are for people living in Nelson, Boswell, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Gray Creek, Midway, Nakusp, Riondel, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Kaslo, New Denver
Additional Provincial Resources
Name Website links About
MS Society https://mssociety.ca/
1:1 Peer Support: peersupportprogram@mssociety.ca
or 1-800-268-7582 x3149
Virtual Peer Support: supportgroups@mssociety.ca
or 1-844-859-6789
Their website has a wealth of resources for people living with MS and for Caregivers. They also have 1:1 peer support for Caregivers, or a virtual group support.
Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/en/search#q=caregiver%20support
Chat groups: https://cancerconnection.ca/groups
Their website has many resources for people living with Cancer and for Caregivers. They also have numerous chat groups on different topics to support all individuals close to cancer.
Parkinson’s Society https://www.parkinson.bc.ca/search?q=caregivers
Support line: 1-800-668-3330
Email: info@parkinson.bc.ca
Their website has numerous resources. They also have peer support groups, 1:1 peer support, and counselling services.
Caregiver Network East Kootenay’s https://www.caregiversnetworkek.com/
Name Details
Family Caregivers of BC https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/
Support Line: 1-877-520-3267
"FCBC supports caregivers by providing access to information, education, and supports that enable caregivers to feel more confident and successful in their role." They offer phone suppoprt and coaching too.
CNIB https://www.cnib.ca/en?region=bc
Resources for people with vision impairment or who are blind.
Alzheimer Society https://alzheimer.ca/bc/en
Toll-free: 1-855-301-6742
Email: info.westkootenay@alzheimerbc.org
In-person support groups for Caregivers. These groups are located in Grand Forks, Nelson, and Trail; and are for people living in Nelson, Boswell, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Gray Creek, Midway, Nakusp, Riondel, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Kaslo, New Denver.
Additional Provincial Resources
Name Details
MS Society https://mssociety.ca/
1:1 Peer Support: peersupportprogram@mssociety.ca
or 1-800-268-7582 x3149
Virtual Peer Support: supportgroups@mssociety.ca
or 1-844-859-6789
Their website has a wealth of resources for people living with MS and for Caregivers. They also have 1:1 peer support for Caregivers, or a virtual group support.
Canadian Cancer Society https://cancer.ca/en/search#q=caregiver%20support
Chat groups: https://cancerconnection.ca/groups
Their website has many resources for people living with Cancer and for Caregivers. They also have numerous chat groups on different topics to support all individuals close to cancer.
Parkinson’s Society https://www.parkinson.bc.ca/search?q=caregivers
Support line: 1-800-668-3330
Email: info@parkinson.bc.ca
Their website has numerous resources. They also have peer support groups, 1:1 peer support, and counselling services.
Caregiver Network East Kootenay’s https://www.caregiversnetworkek.com/

Organizations within the West Kootenay and Boundary Senior Services

Name Website links About Location
North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society https://nklcss.org/home/section/seniors
Phone: 353-7691
Email:
office@nklcss.org
Senior services such as counselling, food security, and social activities. Kaslo
Arrow and Slocan Lake Community Services https://aslcs.com/
Nakusp Contact: 250-265-3674
New Denver Contact: 250-358-2433
Many services for seniors such as Meals on Wheels, Better at Home, Activities, Home Support, Medical Transportation, and Counselling. Nakusp, New Denver, and surrounding area.
South Kootenay Seniors https://rossland.ca/skseniors/
Phone: 250-368-1896
Email: southkootenayseniors@rossland.ca
Services for seniors such as transportation, community support and health services, and social participation. Rossland, Trail, Warfield
Additional Local Community Resources
Name Website links About Location
Nav-care https://nav-care.ca/
Phone: 250-368-7347
Email: trail.navcare@gmail.com
Support for older adults to continue living independently by providing social visits, assistance with booking appoinments, and navigation of other senior supports. Trail/Fruitvale
Better at Home https://www.trailfair.ca/other-community-services/
Phone: 250-364-2326
Email: Hello@trailfair.ca
Support for older adults to continue living independently. Rossland, Trail, Fruitvale
Men’s Shed https://bcmensshed.ca/kootenay-lake-east-shore-shed Peer support group for men. Build while talking. Eastshore
Valley Community Services https://www.valley.services/
Phone: (250) 428-5547
Email: admin@valley.services
Office is located in Creston. They offer amazing resources such as TAPS (Theraputic Activation Program Services), Better at Home, and Day Program for respite relief. Creston (for Eastshore caregivers and care-recipients)
Better at Home and Volunteer Drivers https://cdcss.ca/programs/castlegar-better-at-home-program/
Toll-Free: 250-365-2104
Email: info@cdcss.ca
Provides assistance to seniors in their home with housekeeping, yard work / snow removal, and minor home repair / handyman. A fee based on income is required. Castlegar
Salmo Community Services https://scrs.ca/transportation/
Phone: 250.357.2277
Email: info@scrs.ca
Provides transportation for medical, dental, and other essential appointments. Salmo, Ymir
Boundary Family Services https://www.boundaryfamily.org/services/Seniors/
Toll Free: 1-877-442-5355
Email: info@bfiss.org
“A provincial program that helps seniors with non-medical day-to-day tasks so they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communitie.” Services provided by Boundary Better at Home include transportation, friendly visiting, grocery shopping, food security with your local food bank, and light houskeeping. Grand Forks and Boundary
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North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society KASLO
Senior services such as counselling, food security, and social activities.
https://nklcss.org/home/section/seniors
Phone: 353-7691
Email:
office@nklcss.org
Arrow and Slocan Lake Community Services NAKUSP, NEW DENVER, AND SURROUNDING AREA.
Many services for seniors such as Meals on Wheels, Better at Home, Activities, Home Support, Medical Transportation, and Counselling.https://aslcs.com/
Nakusp Contact: 250-265-3674
New Denver Contact: 250-358-2433
South Kootenay Seniors ROSSLAND, TRAIL, WARFIELD
Services for seniors such as transportation, community support and health services, and social participation.https://rossland.ca/skseniors/
Phone: 250-368-1896
Email: southkootenayseniors@rossland.ca
Additional Local Community Resources
Name Details
Nav-care TRAIL/FRUITVALE
Support for older adults to continue living independently by providing social visits, assistance with booking appoinments, and navigation of other senior supports.
https://nav-care.ca/
Phone: 250-368-7347
Email: trail.navcare@gmail.com
Better at Home ROSSLAND, TRAIL, FRUITVALE
Support for older adults to continue living independently.
https://www.trailfair.ca/other-community-services/
Phone: 250-364-2326
Email: Hello@trailfair.ca
Men’s Shed EASTSHORE
Peer support group for men. Build while talking.
https://bcmensshed.ca/kootenay-lake-east-shore-shed
Valley Community Services CRESTON (for Eastshore caregivers and care-recipients)
Office is located in Creston. They offer amazing resources such as TAPS (Theraputic Activation Program Services), Better at Home, and Day Program for respite reliehttps://www.valley.services/
Phone: (250) 428-5547
Email: admin@valley.services
Better at Home and Volunteer Drivers CASTLEGAR
Provides assistance to seniors in their home with housekeeping, yard work / snow removal, and minor home repair / handyman. A fee based on income is required.
https://cdcss.ca/programs/castlegar-better-at-home-program/
Toll-Free: 250-365-2104
Email: info@cdcss.ca
Salmo Community Services SALMO, YMIR
Provides transportation for medical, dental, and other essential appointments.https://scrs.ca/transportation/
Phone: 250.357.2277
Email: info@scrs.ca
Boundary Family Services Grand Forks and Boundary
A provincial program that helps seniors with non-medical day-to-day tasks so they can continue to live independently in their own homes and remain connected to their communitie.” Services provided by Boundary Better at Home include transportation, friendly visiting, grocery shopping, food security with your local food bank, and light houskeeping.
https://www.boundaryfamily.org/services/Seniors/
Toll Free: 1-877-442-5355
Email: info@bfiss.org

Website Lending Library Available at the Office

Title Author
Affirmations for Family Caregivers Hodgson, Harriet
A Bittersweet Season Gross, Jane
Building Better Caregivers Lorig Dr P H, Kate
Caregiver's Guide for Canadians Lauber, Rick
The Caregivers Lake, Nell
Caregiving with Love and Joy Boswell, Patricia A
Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul Canfield, Jack
Additional Titles
Title Author
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Navigating Eldercare & Dementia: 101 Stories for Family Caregivers Newmark, Amy
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers:101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice, and Bonding Lunden, Joan
The Complete Guide for Family Caregivers Caroline, Tapp-McDougall
The Conscious Caregiver Abbit, Linda
Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer’s Journey Brackey, Jolene
Cruising through Caregiving FitzPatrick, Jennifer L
Dance Me to the End Acheson, Alison
Dementia Together Bielak-Smith, Pati
The Family Caregiver’s Guide Hodgson, Harriet
Feeding My Mother Arden, Jann
Floating in the Deep End Davis, Patti
Grieving Mental Illness Lafond, Virginia
Hands and Heart Together Hoolihan, Patricia
Healing Your Grieving Heart When Someone You Care About Has Alzheimer’s Wolfelt, Alan D
Help Me Live, Revised Hope, Lori
Learning To Speak Alzheimer’s Koenig Coste, Joanne
Life after the Diagnosis Pantilat, Steven
Losing Me, While Losing You Auger, Jeanette A
Making Tough Decisions about End-of-Life Care in Dementia Kenny, Anne
Neither Married Nor Single Kirkpatrick, David
Self-Care for Caregivers White, Susanne
Shattered Dreams—But Hope Higgs, Laquita
When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness Woolis, Rebecca

Online Resources

Self Care Guide Booklet

Community Resources Guide

Printable Resources

Caregiver Support Brochure
West-Kootenay-Boundary-Caregivers-Support-Group-Brochure-(v1)
Support Information Sheet
West-Kootenay-Boundary-Caregivers-Support-Group-Walk-and-Talk-Flyer-(v1)
Walk and Talk
Flier
Self Care PAUSE
Poster

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is WKBCS designed to help?

WKBCS is designed to help unpaid caregivers who are 19+, caring for a person who is 55+.

Who qualifies?

You qualify if 

  1. you are 19+ and are caring for your partner, parent, sibling, friend, neighbor, or co-worker.  
  2. you are a primary caregiver or a part of the caregiving team.
  3. you live with the care-recipient, or you live separate. 
  4. you live in the community or in another community/city/country (as long as one person (caregiver or care-recipient) lives in the community of service).
  5. your care-recipient is living outside of assistive living or long term care. 
I am new to caregiving. Where do I start?

Start by connecting with WKBCS. We will help you identify the needs of your caregiving (transportation, meals, housework, home adaptations, …). We recommend and can assist you with finding your Circle of Care (who can help with the caregiving?). Lotsa Helping Hands is a wonderful resource to help organize family, friends, and community members: https://lotsahelpinghands.com/

What do you offer?

We offer 

  1. online and in-person peer groups for caregivers. This is a confidential support group that allow caregivers to connect with people who understand what you are experiencing, get tips and support. Please refer to our calendar for dates and times. 
  2. monthly social and self-care activities for caregivers, with some opportunities for your care-recipient to join too. These monthly activities/self-care opportunities are offered in a different area each month. Please keep an eye on our calendar for these dates, times, and locations. Participating in social activities while connecting with others who are also caregivers, can renew your energy and help develop a sense of shared experiences.
  3. 1:1 support in-person, phone call, or virtually.
  4. home visits when appropriate; volunteers can visit with you in your home to provide emotional support, coaching, and social engagement. Visits can be arranged by discussing this option with the WKBCSP staff.
  5. navigation of other organizations who can help support you with your caregiving, including assistance with connecting with the appropriate person in the healthcare system. 
  6. emails with new resources available.
  7. a free lending library of supportive and educational books.They are available to the public through the Nelson office. Books can be mailed free of charge. Please look at our list of some of the available books. We have many more to support your grief too.  
What areas do we serve?

We serve the West Kootenay and Boundary areas, with our head office located in Nelson, BC. Some areas include Grand Forks, Trail, Castlegar, Salmo, Nakusp, New Denver, Kaslo, and Eastshore. Please refer to our map to see all areas. 

I’m overwhelmed and exhausted. How can I get a break from caregiving?

Having a Circle of Care is essential for your ability to care and to stay healthy; having this support to share in the role of caregiving will allow you to have necessary breaks so you can re-energize. Also, attending one of our peer support groups and/or our monthly sefl-care events will play a large role in your mental and emotional health. Caregivers are always hesitant to “add something else” to their days, but once they join our peer support, they have a feeling of relief and a sense of belonging. Our groups allow members to express and release themselves in a safe non-judgemental space. Our current members also love that they feel like they finally belong somewhere because the close people in your lives don’t truly understand your journey, but our peer group does.  

What is self-care? Why is it important?

Self-care is described as a conscious act you take to promote your own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It is important in order to increase effectiveness, maintain relationships, and prevent burnout.

What are some quick things I can I do for self-care?

Here are a few examples of some things you can do for your self-care: listen to music, drink some water, step outside for some fresh air, write some positive thoughts about yourself or journal, do some breathing exercises, watch some silly videos, dance, read a chapter in a book, and set some healthy boundaries. 

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