Information: Anna Andrianova, Coordinator, Area of Expertise in Caregiving, CREGÉS, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

For close to 30 years, the CREGÉS has developed a Domain of Expertise dedicated to the development and knowledge transfer of evidence-based and best practices for caregivers.

The Caregiver Support Center was its first accomplishment in developing Leading practices based on a strength and resilience approach. It was followed by the development of respite services, a home-based stimulation program, a consultation and short-term psychosocial counselling service for caregivers, as well as, psycho-educational support groups and workshops. This led to the creation of several training programs, lectures, presentations and partnerships to educate professionals, students and healthcare partners on the challenges caregivers face in Quebec, Canada and the world.

Research projects that support the development of Leading practices in this Domain of Expertise stem from the recognition of the diversity of the lived experience and the shared psychosocial and practical needs of caregivers.

CREGÉS organizes various activities develops a variety of materials (e.g. scientific publications, programs, guides and tools, etc.) on a variety of themes such as reconciliation between work and care, bereavement, loss and adaptation, identity, the living environment, self-care, public policy, etc.

Programs, guides, tools

Caregivers of Long-Term Care Residents in the Context of COVID-19: Current Knowledge, Inspiring Practices and Recommendations.
Rapid response led by CREGÉS to help the Health and Social Services Network better support caregivers during the pandemic and beyond.

Guide to Conducting Collective Bereavement Rituals in Montreal in the time of COVID-19.
Tool produced by the Direction de la Santé Publique of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, in collaboration with experts from CREGÉS: Valérie Bourgeois-Guérin, Isabelle Van Pevenage et Zelda Freitas.

Research Projects: Improving support for families and communities who provide care through innovative tools

Lived Experiences of Aging Immigrants: a narrative-photovoice study.

Dr.Shari Brotman conducted a study of immigrant older adults and their families. In order to improve support for families and caregiving communities, recommendations are proposed and supported by various resources: reports, policy briefs, educational webinars, etc.

Strengthening a palliative approach in long-term care (SPA-LTC).

Dr. Tamara Sussman conducted a research project based on advance care planning tools in long-term care homes to assist residents and their caregivers/families with various resources: clinical forms/procedures, fact sheets and videos, research reports, etc.

Interactive workshops for families caring for someone living with serious illness

A serie of 10 free interactive workshops in French and English was offered from April to June 2021 by CREGÉS experts.

Download the pamphlet for more information.

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