The Family Caregivers of BC is a not-for-profit society which provides information, education, and other resources to family caregivers throughout the province of British Columbia. Rick Hoogendoorn is the past president of their board of trustees.
In 2010, Rick conducted a number of interviews with experienced family caregivers and created the Family Caregivers' Network YouTube video series from those interviews. If you, or someone you know, is in the midst of caring for an aging or ailing parent, spouse, or other family member, please let them know about the Family Caregivers of BC.
This series of videos has been specifically designed for the stressed and overwhelmed caregiver. For the most part, the videos are only one to three minutes in length, and thus easily viewable. For more resources, including assistance in navigating the healthcare system, please contact the Family Caregivers of BC at 250-384-0408 in Victoria, BC. You can find additional information and help online at www.familycaregiversbc.ca.
Family caregivers, as defined as unpaid family members and friends, are the backbone of the health care system. They are the people who provide a vital but often overlooked contribution to aging parents, ailing spouses, and other adults in need. Unfortunately, many family caregivers do not seek help until their own health is in peril. Stress and burnout are common among caregivers. We hope this video series will help people who are caring for others, self identify as a family caregiver, and get the help they need to stay healthy and available for their family members. If you know someone who is caring for an aging or ailing adult, I hope you'll either direct them to this series of short videos, or to the Family Caregivers of BC website at www.familycaregiversbc.ca. You do not have to do this alone. Resources are available to help.