CLBC Update for Home Share Providers

Hey everyone, home share providers and service providers can join in CLBC’s telephone conference update next Tuesday, January 26, to get COVID-19 health and safety information from:

  • Dr. Daniele Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer
  • Ross Chilton, CEO, Community Living BC
  • Brenda Gillette, CEO, BC CEO Network

Service providers and home sharing providers can pre-submit COVID-19 questions until the end of the day Jan. 21 to: (use the words “COVID CALL” in the subject line). Questions about vaccination are being sent to the office of the Provincial Health Officer, and Dr. Behn Smith will provide an update.

The conference will go from 1:35-2:30 pm (Vancouver time). Call in to: 1-877-353-9184 (participant code: 87916#). Special instructions: Due to the number of expected participants, please begin to dial in as early as 1:25 p.m.

End of an era… thanks COPCS!!!

From Karen Milner, on behalf of the Home Share Team at Community Connections:

We would like to say a huge thank you and sad farewell to the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Society (COPCS). It must have been a difficult decision to dissolve the society in July 2020 but understandable given the size of the organization and the scope of the work on a handful of dedicated volunteers.

Since 2008 this group has worked tirelessly to support caregivers in positive, practical and meaningful ways.

Some of their many accomplishments have been:

  • Securing discounts at local retailers for their membership.
  • Developing a benefit package.
  • Representing home share providers on a provincial working group that was mandated by Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction to address common issues for caregivers province wide.
  • Developing a home share provider appreciation award dinner.
  • Instrumental in the Parliamentary decision for provincial increases for home share providers.
  • Organizing countless well attended seminars and workshops with local and international presenters.
  • Informing home share providers of any current news pertaining to caregiving and upcoming courses and workshops.
  • Acting as a resource for the myriad of questions and concerns faced by caregivers.
  • Creating celebrations every year for their membership…BBQ’s and holiday gatherings, fundraisers and prizes!
  • Keeping home share providers informed during this difficult pandemic year of Covid 19.

Good luck and thank you to Margaret Milsom and Jack Sawatzky who were instrumental in organizing COPCS, breathing life into it and volunteering hundreds of hours! Thanks also to the incredible volunteer boards over the years and to Colleen Anderson, the COPCS representative in the south Okanagan.

Your efforts, ethics, spirit and work will be sorely missed!

CLBC HSP Conference Call

Hey everyone, the next teleconference call for service providers and Home Share Providers with Dr. Behn Smith will be Dec 8th:
Date: December 8, 2020
Time: 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Call in: Vancouver 604-681-0260, Elsewhere 1-877-353-9184
Participant code: 37568#

Caregiving And…SELF-CARE

Self-care poster

We are celebrating Caregivers the whole month of November! This week we are talking about Self-Care. Let’s dive right in.

DIVING IN: What is self-care? You are a caregiver, and the work you do is very important and very rewarding – but it can also mean your own needs get put last on a to-do list that can seem never-ending. Self-care is everything we do for ourselves that makes us feel relaxed, whole, energized, and rejuvenated. It helps us feel ready to take on what’s next (whatever that is!).

DRILLING DOWN: Why choose self-care? Choosing to take care of yourself means you are able to give keep giving care to others – check out this video that talks about why it’s so important!

Jenny Trott, “SelfCare for Carers: why it’s important for people who care for someone who is disabled”

DIGGING DEEP: Where to start. Start small, even 5 minutes once in a while, and build up from there. What “works” for self-care is completely individual for each of us. Try lots of self-care options to figure out what works for you! Or, “self-share” if connecting with others is what helps you “self-care”! Here are some ideas:

Try anything and everything until you find what works for YOU! Share your favorite experiments with us in the comments!

Caregiver Supports…

We are focusing on CAREGIVERS this month! We have talked about some big caregiver issues – stress, compassion fatigue, and tools & training. One piece of advice offered to help cope is to connect with other caregivers and others who understand what you’re going through – in person or online! A way to connect virtually can be through podcasts for caregivers. For examples, there is a link here where you can check out a podcast called The Giving Tree by Amanda Rocheleau (a Registered Social Worker and compassion fatigue specialist) for helping professionals and caregivers.

THANK YOU CAREGIVERS for all you do!

Caregiving And…TOOLS & TRAINING

We are celebrating Caregivers the whole month of November! This week we are talking about Tools & Training. Let’s dive right in.

DIVING IN: What are tools and training? You are a caregiver, and the work you do is very important and very rewarding – but it can also mean you’re faced with changes and have to respond. Tools and training are the things that can help you respond. Tools and training can be anything from workshops and seminars, to articles and books, to videos and panel conversations, to forms and policies, to templates, plans, and checklists, to strategies and techniques…while it’s impossible to list them all in one paragraph, it’s true that, in a digital age, tools and training opportunities are more accessible than every thanks to think internet.


DRILLING DOWN: Why bother with tools and training? Changes can happen fast, whether it’s the needs of the person you support, your personal situation, or the world we live in — as we have seen this year with COVID-19! It can be stressful and feel overwhelming. One piece of advice to help cope with caregiver stress is focusing on the things you can control – like having a plan or developing skills that support you to respond to unexpected changes when they happen. Tools and training help you to feel prepared.

DIGGING DEEP: How to find tools, and get training. Tools and training are more accessible today than ever before. Which resources and opportunities to pick depends on your individual circumstances. We can often help point you in the right direction, if you ask us! Here are a some examples.



Did you know you can access all of Open Future Learning through CCSS? Let us know you’re interested, and we will set you up!

Caregiver Supports…

We are focusing on CAREGIVERS this month! We have talked about some BIG caregiver issues – stress and compassion fatigue. One piece of advice offered to help cope is to focus more on the things you can control – like planning, and organization. Teva Canada has a great list of caregiver resources, with tools that can help you with planning and organization. Check out this one, designed to help keep important contact information up-to-date and organized in one spot: Tracking My Support Network printable download.

THANK YOU CAREGIVERS for all you do!


We are celebrating Caregivers the whole month of November! This week we are talking about compassion fatigue. Let’s dive right in.

DIVING IN: What is compassion fatigue? You are a caregiver, and the work you do is very important and very rewarding – but it can also take a toll on you when you are supporting someone who is suffering. The big picture? Compassion fatigue is a set of symptoms and not just one thing that caregivers experience when they provide care to people who are experiencing significant emotional or physical pain and suffering.

DRILLING DOWN: How does compassion fatigue affect caregivers? Sometimes compassion fatigue gets talked about like burnout – but, these are two different things. Last week, we talked about stress and burnout. Check out this video that helps explain the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout:

Mental Wellness Moment — Preventing compassion fatigue and burnout, Alberta Health Services (Apr 23, 2020)

Compassion fatigue can affect each person differently. You can find more resources adapted from “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” and a compassion fatigue self-assessment on this website recommended by posAbilities.

DIGGING DEEP: What to do about it! Managing symptoms of compassion fatigue includes seeking support and engaging in authentic, sustainable self-care. This website is dedicated to “self-compassion,” and this website has a list of 9 principles and a page of 9 ideas that can help. Share which ones you think are best in the comments!

Caregiver Supports…

You might have heard that we are focusing on CAREGIVERS this month! We started off talking a lot about a BIG caregiver issue — stress.

One of the key pieces of advice offered to counter caregiver stress is connecting with others – especially other caregivers! While COVID-19 can make it challenging to connect safely in person, there are online options to connect with others. Teva Canada has a great list of Canadian caregiver support networks. Check out this BC group: Family Caregivers of British Columbia.

THANK YOU CAREGIVERS for all you do!