A place where you can find support services and leisure designed to meet the needs of women caring for a senior family member or friend. All our services and activities are FREE. It may also be possible for respite care to be arranged and financially supported by the YWCA, in order for caregivers to participate in our activities and services.
For information: 514-866-9941, ext. 226
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Support and therapeutic services
Information and referral
A counsellor is available by telephone Monday to Friday, during work hours or by appointment in the evening. She will provide an empathetic ear, as well as information and support for your individual situation. With you, she will explore any needs or desire for services and activities offered through the Family Caregivers Program, or find other available resources that could be helpful to you.
Individual support and counselling
Individual sessions with a counsellor allow for a more in-depth consideration of your ongoing situation and needs. Your counsellor will meet with you regularly to support you emotionally, as well as accompany you through the many practical difficulties that the caregiving role involves. She can help lessen your load by finding information and resources for you, and by helping you to better understand and navigate the systems involved in managing the care and responsibilities you carry. She can work with you to find new ways of managing your existing situation. Your counsellor will listen to your worries, give you a safe space to vent, and help you with common caregiving experiences such as guilt, frustration and feeling overwhelmed. Individual support can be up to 12 sessions, and can be arranged at a time and frequency that is convenient for you. In certain cases, the location of the sessions can be adapted to your needs, or other alternatives such as telephone or internet sessions can be arranged.
Musical experiences of different kinds are used to help the participant connect with her emotional and psychological self. The participant may find comfort in releasing emotions through percussion, for example, or creating her own sounds or music with a number of other instrument options. Some people are hesitant about trying music therapy because they see it as an act of performance or think that they don’t have music skills, but in music therapy, music is used as a tool for self-expression. Many participants use the time with the therapist to explore musical experiences, feelings and memories as they listen to specially selected recorded or live music played by the therapist, improvise their own music or even through their own composition of songs. There are countless ways to use music to feel better or work through difficulties, and the music therapist will guide you in whatever way works best for you. No musical abilities are necessary.
Music therapy is offered in both individual and group sessions.
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Art therapy is a therapeutic experience that uses creativity to express and become aware of certain emotions or situations. This process is aimed at bringing positive change to the participant’s current life difficulties. Various methods such as collage, drawing, painting, sculpture and more, are used to offer a new and tangible perspective of problems or feelings. The interaction between the creation and the creator encourages a deeper connection with the self in a safe and non-judgemental environment. No artistic ability is necessary.
Art therapy is offered in both individual and group sessions.
Becoming a caregiver involves significant changes in the person, in the relationships of those affected, in how time is spent, etc. Adapting to all these changes can be difficult and even overwhelming, and there are some almost universal experiences that caregivers have: Feelings of guilt, frustration and difficulty finding life balance with all the demands, are all extremely common. We have created a series of workshops aimed at helping caregivers better understand some of the most common experiences, and find ways to reduce the psychological and emotional load they often bring.
It is best to come to all three workshops, and in order if possible, as they are designed to flow one into the other and build upon what was learned from the one before. However, each one in and of itself can be very helpful, and if you miss one you can come back to it again the next time we run the series.
Thematic discussion groups
A place where you can share and discuss the various issues and challenges related to your caregiving experience, as well as share resources and suggestions with each other.
Summer 2017 schedule :
Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
May 10th : Coping with the lack of resources in the healthcare system
June 14th : Guilt
July 12th : Adapting to the changes in your relationship
Social and wellness activities
Free activities for caregivers:
In addition to our program’s services for caregivers, the YWCA’s Multi Centre offers a range of activities promoting healthy living, creative expression and personal growth, open to all women, and offered free for caregivers.
Reiki is an ancient holistic energy healing system. It can act on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The practitioner is a channel for the universal life energy, flowing from her hands which are gently placed on or slightly above the body. Some of the many benefits of Reiki include relaxation and stress reduction. It accelerates the natural process of healing, and may energize the body and soul. The recipient often feels a sense of improved well-being.
Summer 2017 schedule :
6 individual sessions of 30 minutes
Rythm and Movement
Release stress through the free movement of your body, inspired by different styles of music and rhythm. A non-judgemental space where no abilities are necessary.
Thursday June 29th, July 27th and August 31st, from 5 to 6 p.m.
A chance to give yourself some rest and relaxation amongst others who share the caregiving experience. A slow, easy yoga class with adaptation of the postures for people who have a physical limitation.
From April 22nd to June 10th
Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Conferences on caregiving topics
Free conferences, open to everyone at various locations throughout the year.
Next conference :
Navigating the system : Understanding the CLSC services available to seniors
French presentation, bilingual Q&A and documents
Open to everyone
August 16th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Legal Information Clinic
The Legal Information Clinic offers up to three private sessions with volunteer lawyers and notaries (by appointment only). The service provides information on all types of legal issues and will refer you if your situation requires legal action.
Pro Bono Étudiants Canada Legal Information
A supervised team of law-student volunteers is also available to research and answer your legal questions thanks to an agreement with Pro Bono Student Canada.