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Post-caregiving services come to the region

The Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent has launched an innovative new service, aimed at supporting individuals as they transition from caregiver to post-caregiving following the death or recovery of a loved one.

The Saint-Chrysostome-based organization supports caregivers from the early stages of a loved one’s loss of autonomy, through end-of-life care, and during the grieving process. But what happens when a caregiver’s role comes to an end? After having served as a primary caregiver for months or in some cases years, individuals sometimes feel helpless, isolated, and left to fend for themselves.

In a press release issued by the organization, director Julie Paquette notes that caregivers who have benefitted from their services often express a desire to continue working with the organization. “They have given so much to their loved one that they no longer know how to find themselves,” says Paquette.

Starting this spring, Les Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent will begin offering individual psychosocial support with a counsellor, as well as discussion groups and monthly dinners. Reflective group workshops will also be available as of this fall to individuals who have been caregivers.

For more information on this new program, contact counsellor Maryse Vachon by email at mvachon@aidantshsl.org, or by phone at 450-826-1243. (SR)

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