You might be a caregiver and you don’t know it!

You are probably not counting the hours when you are caring for a loved one in need. One thing is certain: your help counts for a lot!

You might even be a caregiver (PPA) without knowing it. Read on to find out.

Who can be considered a caregiver?

By definition, an ASF is a person who provides support to a member of his entourage (or to several) who has a temporary or permanent disability of a physical, psychological, psychosocial or other nature, regardless of his age, his background. life or his link with this loved one. This is assistance offered on a non-professional basis, in a free, informed and revocable manner.

It can be a young adult or an elderly person, a family member or a friend, or even a worker or a retiree. For example, it could be a neighbor who supports a disabled child in her neighborhood, a sister who helps her brother living with Alzheimer’s, or a friend who takes care of an injured colleague.

Note that the frequency of support or care provided does not matter: whether you provide assistance to someone once a month or every day, you are considered ASP.

What forms can support take?

There are many ways to support someone as a PPA. For example:

  • By offering to accompany him to his appointments;
  • By helping him in his personal care;
  • By taking care of the coordination of his medical care;
  • By maintaining his house;
  • By taking care of its banking operations;
  • By ensuring its legal and legal obligations;
  • By accompanying them on their outings (sports and cultural activities, studies, integration into employment, etc.);
  • By providing emotional, psychological and social support.

Many daily challenges

Although caregivers expect nothing in return, they are not immune to feeling the impact of their role on a daily basis.

If you are a caregiver, you may experience an overload of responsibilities and even negative impacts on your own life, whether on a personal, professional or social level.

Sometimes your physical and mental health could be compromised, as could your financial situation.

Help and support resources

It is important that each PPP consider their needs and allow themselves the support they need to achieve and maintain their health, well-being and quality of life.

Here are some resources to support you so that you can continue your essential involvement.

  • Support Info-Help Service: it is a professional, confidential and free telephone service that is intended for caregivers and their families, caregivers and health professionals.
  • The organization Proche aidance Québec sharing of relevant information intended for caregivers.
  • Info-Santé 811: it is a telephone consultation service which informs you and advises you on any concerns concerning your state of health.
  • Info-Social 811: it is a psychosocial telephone consultation service.

You can also contact your CISSS or CIUSSS to chat with a healthcare professional, free of charge and in a confidential manner. They can assess your needs and direct you to the appropriate help services.

To date, there are an estimated 1.5 million caregivers in Quebec. They play a leading role in society. The Government of Quebec has adopted a Law to recognize and support them, a National policy and one government action plan to improve their quality of life.

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