Caregiver Support - Mental Health
Are you taking care of someone in your family who is sick, disabled, elderly or frail? We know the demand of doing so can be high, and the mental, emotional, and physical strength necessary to do so can at times feel extreme or overwhelming. Often, caregivers are taking care of others while also trying to balance their own work, social, and family life. This can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. As well, accepting a shift in caregiver roles from parents to children can be difficult and overwhelming. Caregiver support can help alleviate some of the stress that can be involved in being responsible for another person’s care, by sharing the responsibility of caregiving, and also offering support to the caregiver to help balance the demands and challenges they may face. Are you currently caring for a friend or family member, but finding it hard to manage your own mental health while doing so? Anyone, at any time, can face mental health issues. If you, or a friend or loved one need empathetic and understanding sources of support and information to help manage your mental health, Kinjunxion is here to help. There are many options for caregiver relief including assistance with meal preparation, transportation, personal care and household chores. In order to take care of someone else, you also need to take care of yourself. If you are looking for caregiver relief options in your neighbourhood, we have the resources you need.
You are not alone. Connect with others who may be going through the same thing, find professional help and resources near you. The Kinjunxion community is here to help.
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Supporting the Caregiver in Dementia
A Guide for Health Care Professionals
The Center Cannot Hold
My Journey Through Madness
The Key to Recovery from Mental Illness
Families Caring for an Aging America
Family Caregiving in Chronic Illness
Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease, Mental Illness, and Stroke
The Complete Caregiver Support Guide
A Reproducible Workbook for Groups and Individuals
Letters From Madelyn
Chronicles of a Caregiver
The Comfort of Home for Stroke
A Guide for Caregivers
Caring for Our Own
Why There is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights
A Family Information Handbook
Halton FASD Parent / Caregiver Support Group - No Physical Address
* welcomes new members from Halton, Hamilton and the surrounding areas
Dundas Community Services - Community Education of Caregivers - Grafton Square
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)
Parents for Children's Mental Health - Family Support Group - Burlington Chapter
* provide support, education, and empowerment by linking networks of families, communities, agencies and government
Parkinson Canada - Hamilton Support Group - Hamilton East
Joseph Brant Hospital - PACT for Halton - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre
* also known as "Hospital without Walls," the program is organized as a mobile interdisciplinary team that provides round-the-clock clinical treatment, rehabilitative, and support services to individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness, in their homes
Services provided by PACT include:
* comprehensive case management with a rehabilitation focus
* crisis assessment and intervention
* symptom assessment and management
* administration and monitoring of medication
* activities of daily living
* social and leisure skills development
* supportive counselling
* support to caregivers
Joseph Brant Hospital - Wellness House Adult Day Program - Burlington - Wellness House - Itabashi Way
Clients and caregivers are assessed by a program team:
* program provides functional therapy and support services to assist physically challenged adults, frail seniors and their caregivers
* qualified and experienced staff
* barrier free
* programs include crafts, horticulture, floor games
* physical and occupational therapy
* larger group activities such as discussion groups
* therapeutic recreational activities
Adult Day Program:
* uses holistic day program model
* assist clients and caregivers to maximize and maintain abilities and compensate for limitations
* enable clients to remain living in their own homes for as long as they can
* reduce risks to health
* maintain quality of life
Halton Aphasia Program: (see separate listing here)
* Thursday afternoons at Wellness House from 1-4 pm
* Specialized Speech therapy in a group setting
* Must be a client of Wellness House to access Halton Aphasia Program
Caregiver Support Program:
* respite service for program clients, caregivers participate in individual and/or group sessions
* focus on maintaining their health and well-being
Transportation available to and from program:
* transit systems for the physically challenged
* program bus
* private transportation where available
Parkinson Canada - Oakville Support Group
Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)
Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.
Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.
Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate listing here
General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.
Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate listing here
Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate listings here
PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate listing here
PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.
2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.
3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.
Recovery Canada - Burlington Groups - No Physical Address
* weekly group meetings to support those with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, open to the public and visitors to join and observe
* monthly leaders training for interested members who have attended Recovery Canada groups for at least six months
Website includes more information on the Recovery method as well as information on the meeting places, telephone meetings, chat rooms, and online meetings (see here)
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada - Adult Brain Tumour Support Group - Burlington
* help make informed decisions about brain tumour treatment options
* learn about relevant community resources
* enhance coping skills in order to reduce anxiety, feelings of loss of control and fear of the unknown
* talk to others about changes in family roles and the financial strain that can come as a result of a brain tumour diagnosis