I am a Caregiver
Hope & Cope has always understood that cancer is hard on everyone. That’s why we pay special attention to your needs as a caregiver. We give you the space and the permission to talk about how cancer is changing your life, too.
The wisdom of the lived experience has always been at the core of Hope & Cope. Peer support is offered in a variety of formats by volunteers, under the supervision of our professional staff. For more frequent, one-on-one support, we can match you with a peer mentor – someone who knows what it’s like to be a caregiver – who will speak with you by phone at a mutually agreed time. You can also join our Caregivers Support Group.
Our Think Smart, Live Well workshop will give you the tools to help you manage stress and cope with everything that follows a cancer diagnosis. Additional resources include lectures on a variety of topics such as cancer nutrition, given by a dietitian, and basic information about cancer, presented by a nurse. Our library offers a vast selection of printed material and tips on how to find credible, reliable information on-line.
Caregivers are often so busy caring for their loved ones that they forget to take care of themselves. You can manage stress through relaxation and meditation, which are easy to learn and to practice on your own. Many of the programs at Lou’s House – Hope & Cope’s Wellness Centre – are open to caregivers, including nutrition, creative therapies, relaxation and qi gong.
I need to talk to someone
For professional assessment and referrals, please contact our Survivorship Program Coordinator at 514 340-8222, ext. 25531.