07 Jan 2022
Ontario Caregiver Organization, Online Services/Find Support
Mentoring is a method of passing on lived experiences to support another caregiver in an empowering and meaningful way. Anyone who has been a caregiver will know that the caregiving role presents many challenges. These challenges will be different for every caregiver and from time to time support will be needed.
A Peer Mentor has a wealth of experience and knowledge which can help another caregiver with the challenges of their caregiving situation. Caregivers share a common identity and can create a bond through sharing their experiences. You can easily connect by phone or by online/virtual discussion with your Caregiver Participant without leaving your home.
An OCO trained peer mentor will:
‘Just be there’/Listen
Provide encouragement, support and acceptance
Acknowledge a caregiver’s strengths
Share lived experience and give real life examples
Discuss a caregiver’s wellbeing
Provide support with developing coping strategies
Provide relevant information
Provide support to set goals the caregiver identifies
Celebrate any goals the caregiver achieves
Be someone for a caregiver to bounce ideas of
The Ontario Caregiver Organization invites caregivers with diverse backgrounds from across Ontario to join our 1:1 Peer Support Program as a Peer Mentor. We are actively recruiting bilingual or multilingual caregivers who are fluent in English and also other languages.