Caregiver Supports

Caregiver Supports

Caregivers play an invaluable part in supporting people living with heart failure. However, this role can be stressful and overwhelming, and it may be difficult for a caregiver to balance their needs with those of their loved one.

Caregiver Resources

The Ontario Caregiver Organization

Modules and supports on caring for a relative or close friend with a chronic condition like heart failure, based on research by the Canadian Health Experiences Research Group. Through text and videos, explores the themes of being a caregiver, its challenges, impact on caregivers themselves, and offers tips and advice for caregivers, health professionals, friends, and family. 

  • Elizz CareChannel 
  • The Elizz CareChannel is an online portal with free resources for family and community caregivers to help them in their caregiving journeys. Developed by the Saint Elizabeth Foundation and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, Elizz provides free access to over 100 helpful videos plus other instructional content, supported in five different languages: English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Punjabi.

Caregiver Support Groups

Support communities can be beneficial to maintaining and improving caregiver wellbeing. 

  • Heart and Stroke Care Supporters’ Community
    The Care Supporters’ Community Facebook group is a place where you can share experiences and tips for those who care for others living with the effects of stroke, cardiac event, or diagnosis.
  • HeartLinks Heart Transplant Support Group
    The HeartLinks Heart Transplant Support Group brings together heart transplant recipients, LVAD patients, and those waiting for their Gift of Life being cared for at The Toronto General Hospital. It is open to patients and their caregivers.
  • HeartLife
    The HeartLife Foundation is a patient-driven charity whose mission is to transform the quality of life for people living with heart failure by engaging, educating, and empowering a global community to create lasting solutions and build healthier lives. Patients and caregivers are invited to join their
    Facebook support group.

Mental Health Supports and Mentorship

This series of stories, videos and advice based on research by the Canadian Health Experiences Research Group covers topics such as: 

Writing the Heart
Writing has been shown to have emotional and physiological benefits to those dealing with life-threatening or chronic conditions, hardship, or trauma. Facilitated by Sharon Bray, Ed.D., author, educator and heart failure patient, Writing the Heart teach participants why and how writing can be healing, whether you write alone or with others. Check our Events page to see when the next Writing the Heart Introductory or Six-Week Workshop is.

Heart and Stroke – Living with Heart Failure
The “Caring for Someone with Heart Failure” section of this guide identifies signs of caregiver stress and provides tips to deal with it.