11/4/2014

Library Corner: Resources for Caregivers

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Written By Michelle Snow

Caring for a loved one, family, or friend can be physically and emotionally draining and may be a little overwhelming. The caregiving role is a big responsibility and it is also very important. Caregiving responsibilities can be challenging and you may need support and preparation for your role. Below are some resources that may help you through your caregiving journey.

Books:

These caregiving resources are available for a 3 week loan from the Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library:

  • Caregivers Guide for Canadians By Rick Lauber
  • Caring for Aging Parents By Dr. Linda Rhodes
  • Complete Guide to Family Caregiving By American Cancer Society
  • Cancer Caregiving A To Z By American Cancer Society
  • 100 Questions & Answers About Caring for Family or Friends with Cancer By Susannah Rose and Richard Hara

Mobile Apps:

  • CareZone is a secure, private place to manage and share information associated with caring for a child, parent, other family members or friends. Save important information, such as emergency contacts and medications, and invite extended family to keep everyone coordinated.

Online Resources:

  • Canadian Caregiver Coalition Click on “Resources” and “Community Supports” links at the top left side of the page
  • Caregiver Connect Click on “Caregiver Tools” and “Caregiver Resources”
  • Cancer Chat Canada CancerChatCanada has online support groups for people who are caring for a family member, friend, or loved one with cancer. Caregivers can discuss important concerns, give and receive encouragement and support, and express feelings.
  • CarePages CarePages.com is an online community for patients and caregivers that connects friends and family during a health challenge. Through personalized websites, members can relate their stories, post photos and update friends and family instantly. In turn, people who care can read the posts and send messages of love and encouragement.

UHN Brochures:

Ask library staff for a free copy:

Library Hours & Contact

Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: 416 946 4501 ext. 5383
Email: patienteducation@uhn.on.ca
Website: Princess Margaret Patient & Family Library