Useful Information

Caregivers in Distress Report

The Office of the Seniors Advocate has released its new report "Caregivers in Distress: More Respite Needed".  This is a very teliing and eye-opening report on the state of the caregiving of seniors in BC.

Caregivers in Distress Cover Page

The Introduction section of the Report is reproduced below, to read or download the full report please click here.

Caregivers in Distress: More Respite Needed
Office of the Seniors Advocate
September 2015


There are over 30,000 seniors in British Columbia for whom the ability to live as independently as possible is enhanced by the contributions of an unpaid caregiver. Without the support of these unpaid caregivers, who can be spouses, or other family members, neighbours, friends or volunteers, the responsibility and concomitant cost for the services they provide would fall to governments at the local, provincial and federal level. A 2009 economic study estimated that on a national level, the value of unpaid caregiver labour is $25 to $65 billion per year.1 B.C.'s share of this could reasonably be estimated at $4.1 billion in 2015 allowing for population growth and inflation.

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead is providing dependable and warmearted homecare for seniors who need it in Vancouver and Burnaby.  For more information please call 604-432-1139 or click here.


Alzheimer’s Care Grant Program

The Alzheimer’s Care grant Program is open to any family in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). Throughout the life of this program, grants for in-home care services will be awarded on an on-going basis to families living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

The Hilarity for Charity team knows how important free resources are for families and works closely with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Home Instead Senior Care network to provide families access and guidance to available care and support programs and resources.

For information and to apply visit


BC211 Launches Mobile Text Messaging Service!

bc211 is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing free information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. All you need to do is dial 211. They have launched a mobile text messaging service.  Please see the details at
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Seniors Infographics Sheet

The Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) has recently released infographics about vulnerable seniors populations by municipality. The data sheet for Burnaby can be viewed by clicking the image below.

burnaby seniors infographics


Burnaby Family Caregiver Resource Guide

The latest edition of the Burnaby Family Caregiver Resource Guide is available now.
View/download it here.