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New to Caregiving?

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Information for New Caregivers

An informal caregiver is an unpaid individual who cares for and gives support to a
family member, friend or neighbour who is frail, ill or disabled.

Caregiving can be a stressful job.  The stress felt by many new caregivers is the lack
of choice they had when thrust into this new role.

As you prepare to care for a loved one, consider options available:
1. Personally caring for your loved one
2. Asking for help from friends and family
3. Asking for help from a professional service

Your first step:
Contact Client/Patient Access Service (CPAS) Phone: 306-655-4346

In Saskatoon, Client/Patient Access Services (CPAS) will aid you in sorting out your needs, options, and the professional services available to you and your loved one. CPAS is a department of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatoon Region. There is no direct cost to you or your loved one for CPAS services. 

CPAS staff will assess your loved one to determine eligibility for and
provide access to:

  • Home Care Services
  • Volunteer Services
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Community Day Programs
  • Community Services
  • Long Term Care Services
  • Permanent admission
  • Planned respite
  • Unplanned respite

CPAS also provide information on:

  • Personal Care Homes
  • Enriched housing options
  • Other community resources
  • Advance Health Care Directives

Other resources that can help you get started with caregiving:

Counselling and Support Groups

Community Social Work, Saskatoon Health Authority, Saskatoon Region 
103 – 310 Idylwyld Drive N, Saskatoon Phone: 306-655-3400
Support groups are offered which provide information on topics relevant to caregiving and provide a safe atmosphere to share ideas and concerns and to receive support. They are offered at various times throughout the year. For more information or to register call 306-655-3400.
Individual counseling is available for issues related to caregiving. To request a referral, contact CPAS intake at 306-655-4346.

There is no fee for social work services or groups.

Information and Resources on Caregiving

Caregiver Information and Support, a program of the Saskatoon Council on Aging 
2020 College Drive, Saskatoon Phone: 306-652-4411
Website: www.saskatooncaregiver.ca  Email: info@saskatooncaregiver.ca
A caregiver drop-in-centre and awareness service can answer many caregiver questions such as “who can I talk to about this?” or “where can I obtain certain health care needs?” and many other common queries. Although information and referrals are provided; this is not a counseling service.

Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.
2020 College Drive, Saskatoon Phone: 306-652-2255
Website: www.scoa.ca  Email: admin@scoa.ca

Resource centre, educational programs, lifelong learning opportunities, positive aging Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs – free drop-in program for older adults
Pilot projects which promote dignity health and independence of older adults
Free directories of activities and services

Caregiver Resource Guide: Created by Caregiver Information and Support, a program of the Saskatoon Council on Aging 

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Caregiver Forum 2020

Join us for the 20th Anniversary of SCOA’s Caregiver Information and Support Centre
Call SCOA at 306-652-2255 to register

Looking Back – Moving Forward Caregiver Forum

When: NOVEMBER 20, 2020 TIME: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Circle Drive Alliance Church – 3035 Preston Ave. S.
Cost: Tickets $20.00 (lunch and refreshments included) Registration must be paid in advance
Register with SCOA for all Caregiver Week events 306-652-2255

  • Greetings: Honourable Warren Kaeding (Minister Responsible for Rural, Remote Health and Seniors)
  • Virtual Reality for Pain Management and Dementia: Dr. Susan Tupper (PT, PhD,  Saskatchewan Health Authority)
  • Celebrating 20yrs of the  SCOA Caregiver Committee: Dick Strayer and Audrey Gullickson
  • “Caregiver Experience” Video by: USask Nursing Students
  • FIM Exercises: Kimberly Willison/Music by Mark Diakiw
  • Facilitated group discussions led by: Alex Hodson, Jennifer White and U of R/ USask Nursing Students

FREE Caregiver Workshop “Self-care and coping with caregiving” CANCELLED

Presented by USask nursing students
When: Monday, March 16 TIME: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Preston Park 1 (114 Armistice Way)
Register with SCOA  306-652-2255


FREE Caregiver Workshop “Building a self-care community” CANCELLED

Presented by USask nursing students
When: Tuesday, March 17  TIME: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m
Where: St Thomas Wesley United Church basement (corner of 20th & Ave. H)
Register with SCOA  306-652-2255


FREE Provincial Electronic Health Record Presentation CANCELLED

Technology is changing the way Canadians experience care. In this presentation, Dr. Tracie Risling from the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan will share some of the research that her team has done on electronic health records. Learn more about how these systems work, what kind of health information is in this record, and how you can get signed up. At the end of the program, the library will present on resources for caregivers.

When: Wednesday, March 18 TIME: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m
Where: Alice Turner Branch Library (110 Nelson Road)

Register with SCOA  306-652-2255

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Dick’s Story

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As a caregiver, Dick Strayer knew what it was like to feel alone and not know where to turn. He is a founder of the Saskatoon Council on Aging’s [SCOA] Caregiver Support and Information Centre, a program that provides support for seniors who are caregivers. Through his work with the program, he spoke with hundreds of caregivers in Saskatoon and area.

“One of the best medicines is for caregivers to talk to other caregivers. Caregivers experience feelings of loneliness and it is great to find out that you are not alone, that there is someone there to help and where you can get advice.”

I’m a firm believer in the cause and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the organization. They deserve all the support that I can give them.”  ~ Dick Strayer

Dick’s vision for the future would be a provincial Caregiver program, training for caregivers and for people to know more about SCOA’s work.

“I devoted a lot of time to something that I truly believe in. It’s had an effect on my life no question.”

Dick gives to SCOA because “I’m a firm believer in the cause and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the organization. They deserve all the support that I can give them.”

“SCOA and Caregiver are at the top of my list always.”  ~ Dick Strayer

You can help us build a better future for older adults and caregivers – Donate now!

How to donate:
1. By Phone: 306.652.2255
2. in person at our office in the Saskatoon Field House, 2020 College Drive
3. Online at CanadaHelps 

Dick’s caregiving story

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Caregiver Week 2019

Caregiver Week March 17-23, 2019


Caregiver Logo 2011Care for the Caregiver Forum – Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Caregiver App Launch: Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Caregiver Self-Care presentation : Jeanne Beaudoin (Saskatchewan Health Authority)
  • “The Vulnerability of Caregiving”: Facilitated group discussions

Circle Drive Alliance Church – 3035 Preston Ave. S.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Registration 9:30 am)
Music by: Harpist Heidi Derksen, Cellist Jillian Gushulak
Cost: $20 (Lunch included – must pay in advance)
To register call SCOA at 306-652-2255

Our thanks to Saskatoon Community Foundation


Caregiver Workshop – Monday, March 18, 2019

Cliff Wright Library presentation “Services for Caregivers”
Parkinson Canada presentation “Information for Caregivers”
Cliff Wright Library – 1635 McKercher Dr.
1pm-3pm
Cost: FREE
To register call 306-652-2255

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Learning Opportunities for Seniors

COMMUNITY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENIORS

Saskatchewan Seniors Continued Learning

“Saskatoon Seniors Continued Learning (SSCL), in collaboration with the College of Arts & Science, offers non-degree courses to people aged 55 and better. These popular courses deal with a wide range of literary, political, scientific, religious and artistic subjects.” More information


Fit Over 50: A Guide To Physical Activity For People 50+


University of Saskatchewan Ballroom Dancing Club – Fall 2018 Classes 

Online Registration 


Caring for Older Adults – Online Course

If you are new to the Caregiver role for a family member or struggling to adapt to the role, this course is for you. The course is designed to provide you with valuable information that can help you adapt to the role, develop your confidence and assist your family member with various challenges. You will also receive advice on searching out information and resources that are relevant to your own situation.
March 25, 2019 to May 17, 2019
Tuition: $125 + GST
Register at saskpolytech.ca. For more information contact Faye Lendrum 306-775-7397

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Caregiver “Stress Relieving” Workshop

 

canstockphoto8602756.jpg1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018

Caregivers Guide to Stress Reduction: Practical Tools and Resources 

In this session we will be discussing the impact stress has on our psychological well-being and some ways we can decrease our daily stress.  The goal will be to provide everyday tools, activities, resources and options for caregivers to utilize on a day to day basis, in order to continue supporting their loved ones to the best of their abilities. 

Chalaine Senger, Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Canadian Mental Health Association 

Forever…in motion stress relieving exercises, with take-home exercise sheets, followed by group discussions.

$10 Registration Fee (snacks and coffee provided)

To register call SCOA at 306-652-2255.

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Executive Director’s Report – May 2018

Did you know – SCOA’s Positive Aging Resource Centre and Caregiver Information and Support Centre are unique to Saskatchewan?

One in five Canadians are caregivers and they are an essential link in the health care chain, though often forgotten. Many caregivers are sandwiched between employment and caregiving duties which creates extreme stress. If stress continues, caregiver burnout often results. Inability to find information and support is the cause of much caregiver frustration.

Our Centre provides information and support for older adults and caregivers in Saskatoon and for other provinces. This past year SCOA had over 22,902 visitors and requests for services at our Positive Aging Resource Centre in Saskatoon!

Caregivers enjoyed recent workshops provided by SCOA.  Some comments:
“it’s great to realize that I don’t have to be perfect; all so good, such a variety, thank you; I learned about taking time for me; it’s great to share tips from other caregivers; this information is exactly what we need to be a caregiver with less guilt; really important to be able to discuss in small groups – sharing time; liked the practical tools of self care and the phrase “things have changed and I have changed.”

We are grateful for the support of the Royal University Hospital Foundation Community Mental Health Endowment Grant program and for the opportunity to provide workshops to the many caregivers throughout the city. The most significant success of providing caregiver workshops is that they reduce isolation and facilitate the opportunity for learning, and social networking. This means less isolation, better connections to resources and tools, and the opportunity to share their experiences with other caregivers.

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Using Technology to Support the Role of Family Caregivers to Older Adults

Using Technology to Support the Role of Family Caregivers
to Older Adults

In partnership with SCOA, Drs. Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock have received SHRF funding for their project, which combines technology and caregiving. 

Family caregivers are the backbone of the health care system, providing an immense amount of unpaid care, often with very little support from others. A team of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, with backgrounds in nursing and psychology are working with the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) and a local technology company, Refresh Enterprises, to develop and test an app that they hope will improve and support the caregiver experience. 

College of Nursing co-principal applicants Drs. Lorraine Holtslander and Shelley Peacock, alongside co-applicants Drs. Kristen Haase (College of Nursing) and Megan O’Connell (College of Arts & Science), have received Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Collaborative Innovation Development funding for this project. They plan to build a community of caregivers where individuals can obtain support, gather information, and find relief through an innovative internet-based smart phone tool.

There will be eight focus group sessions, at the Saskatoon Field House, where they will interview a number of family caregivers to collect data on the type of support the caregivers would like to have available through the app. This project has great potential to impact the health of Saskatchewan residents, as most older adults would like to remain in their own homes, supported by their families and they are looking for creative, online solutions, information and support on how to do so.

For more information, contact Sheila Angelstad, Volunteer/Program Coordinator.
306-652-4411