Resources for Caregivers

When you care for a loved one with an advanced illness you are doing a remarkable thing, but you are also taking on a challenging role. We’re here to help.

 

ARCH Hospice is not only here to support your loved one, we’re also here for you. We’ll provide you with information, resources, encouragement, and spiritual and emotional support. Remember, you are not walking this journey alone, we’re right here next to you. We can provide helpful resources that can support you and give you the information you need to provide care.

A common misconception is that deciding to accept hospice means giving up hope. Hospice does not mean giving up hope, it means changing the focus from aggressive disease treatment to providing quality of life, comfort and care for the resident. Through this focus, many hospice residents improve and some may even find that they no longer require hospice care. Hospice can also bring your loved one a greater sense of control.

Our care is centered around the person, so we begin with four simple words: What would you like?

 

We’ll encourage you and your loved ones to think and talk as a family about personal choices on how to live. We’ll tailor our care to support these goals and wishes. Together, we’ll discover what hospice care can be for your loved one, for those who love them, and for you as their caregiver.

We know searching the internet for information can be overwhelming. We're here to help. Below is a list of resources you may find helpful:

Learn how to take care of your loved one, and yourself 

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Resources for professionals, volunteers, and caregivers. 
 

Living Lessons

Research on family caregiving in palliative and end-of-life care.

 

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief.

 

Start the Conversation About End of Life Care

Learn about Advanced Care Planning, why it is important, and how to start the discussion.

 

Advance Care Planning Guide Ontario

Provides valuable information for seniors on making choices about personal care including health care, food, living arrangements, clothing, hygiene and safety. It also provides sources of further information and a list of important contacts seniors should know about.