Volume 45 | OCTOBER 2023
Prioritizing Wellness in the Workplace
Approximately 2.5 million caregivers are currently balancing work and caregiving in Ontario. One in three working caregivers report they are worried about losing their job and 51% wish for more support from their employer. Balancing both roles can be stressful, the OCO is here to help.
October is Healthy Workplace Month. This is a great opportunity to reflect on how you are feeling in your caregiving role and what supports are needed while balancing the demands in your life.

• Do you feel supported at work? Is there a supervisor you can talk to?
• Are there any flexible options where you work?
• Do you have an Employee Assistance Program available?
• Who can you lean on for some support at home or in your community?

The OCO Work and Caregiving: A Balancing Act Toolkit is filled with strategies and tools to support you.
To learn more about OCO’s resources and support, please visit our website at ontariocaregiver.ca or watch our video:
OCO Virtual Open House
At OCO, we offer a variety of free programs and services to support many different types of caregiving needs.

Caregivers often ask:

• What type of support is available for caregivers?
• What programs have caregivers found most helpful?

Join our Virtual Open House on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at noon as we chat with caregivers who share their experiences with OCO programs such as webinars, 1:1 Peer Support, SCALE program, Helpline, and much more.
Financial Planning for Caregivers
Becoming a caregiver impacts every aspect of your life, including your personal finances. When you become a caregiver, the emotional and financial stakes are high. The future may be uncertain, you may have additional expenses, your income may be impacted, and you may need to make some financial decisions.

In this podcast episode, we are joined by Shannon Lee Simmons, a certified financial planner, chartered investment manager, and founder of the award-winning New School of Finance. We will dive deep into the importance of financial literacy, taking control of your finances, and tips for caregivers to save money.
Webinar Replay: Understanding Healthcare Consent Laws and Rules
Ontario’s healthcare consent laws and rules are complex and may be difficult to understand. Yet, having the right legal information can help everyone feel informed and empowered to support the best patient care.

In collaboration with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, this webinar will cover legal topics including substitute decision-making for property and personal care, healthcare consent and advance care planning, and general information on Henson Trusts, and wills.
Upcoming Webinars
Title: Tax Credits & Information for Caregivers Caring for Someone 65+
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. ET (LIVE
Title: Grief: Facing Illness, Death, and Other Losses
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Time: 12 -1 p.m. ET
Missed a webinar?
We know caregivers are busy. That's why we record webinars so that you can watch them after the event, at a time that's convenient for you. 
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