Are you a caregiver?


Are you supporting a loved one (relative, child, friend) who is incapacitated?

Are you helping this person with their:

  • Groceries and errands? 
  • Transportation and appointments?
  • House cleaning?
  • Personal care?
  • Personal affairs and finances?
  • Treatments and medical care?

Are you supporting this person:

  • Emotionally or socially?
  • Through end of life?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you’re probably a caregiver.

There are more than 1.5 million caregivers in Québec


What are the consequences for caregivers?

What are caregivers’ needs?

To better support you, the CISSS des Laurentides offers a variety of services to respond to your needs and those of your loved one.

Definition of a caregiver, according to the national policy for caregivers (in French only):

Anyone who provides support to one or more loved ones with a temporary or permanent physical, psychological, psychosocial or other disability, regardless of their age or where they live, with whom they share an emotional, family or other bond.  

The support they provide is continuous or occasional, short- or long-term, and is offered non-professionally, freely, in an informed manner and revocably, with the goal of promoting the person’s recovery, maintenance and improvement of their quality of life, at home or in another setting. 

Consequences for caregivers

Supporting a loved one can have financial consequences for the caregiver. It can also limit their capacity to take care of their own physical and mental health or assume their other social or family responsibilities. Caregivers can also experience the following consequences:

  • Worry
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability and anger
  • Mistreatment
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Social isolation
  • Getting to work late or missing work, fewer hours worked 
  • Absenteeism from school or risk of postponing or abandoning studies
  • Submitting school work late, fewer hours of study, difficulties concentrating in class
  • Changes in the relationship between the caregiver and the person they are caring for.

Caregiver's needs

Given the consequences experienced while providing support, caregivers may have various needs, including:

  • Respite services
  • Group or individual psychosocial support
  • Flexibility at work or school
  • Information and training
  • Material and financial support 
  • Support in domestic and daily activities
  • Information and services in their mother tongue