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Caregiving Essentials

Enhance your knowledge of the caregiver role

Information and support you need


Fall Registration opens October 13, 2020. 

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Do you act as the family or informal caregiver for an older adult? Have you been looking for information and support for the caregiver role?

We invite you to participate in a FREE 8 WEEK, online course for people who are the family or informal caregivers of older adult(s). This online program will enable you to learn at your own pace, when it is most convenient for you. We recommend you spend 60-90 minutes each week to complete the program. You will work through course content and activities, as well as meet others through an online discussion board.


How to get started?

Our Spring 2020 session is now closed. Please join our mailing list to stay up to date on our Fall 2020 registration dates.

Caregiving Essentials course topics include:

  • Adopting the caregiver role, including legal and financial information
  • How to navigate the health care system 
  • How to take care of yourself so you can care for someone else
  • Health and medical information 


Who is ​the Caregiving Essentials course for?

This course was designed for caregivers of older adults and funded through the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs. Given the COVID-19 crisis, it is now open to anyone new to caregiving. Many principles and realities of providing care in a family or informal context are the same regardless of diagnosis. This noted, McMaster University asks that you consult your healthcare provider or public health for evidence-based guidance in the case of illness, including COVID-19.


“The material was very well organized... It lent itself well to doing things independently and online which is what I was looking for.”

“ was kind of refreshing to get the perspective that there's lots of people out there dealing with this...It helped me keep everything in perspective.”

“ built my confidence because when your loved one becomes ill, it's very overwhelming...This kind of calmed me down and said, 'Yeah, I can do this. I can handle this’.”​



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