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: email@example.com
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.
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