I am currently caring for my mother who is in pain, are there any resources to help me in this role?

Taking care of a loved one is not always easy. Seeing a parent suffer is particularly destabilizing. You are right to look for resources to support you.
Being a caregiver means turning your life upside down, setting new priorities, and adapting to an ever-changing daily routine. It is not always easy.

What is a caregiver?
According to the official definition, a caregiver is “the person who provides support to one or more members of his or her entourage who have a temporary or permanent disabilitý of a physical, psychological, psychosocial or other nature, regardless of their age or living environment, with whom he or she shares an emotional bond, whether familial or not.” Do you recognize yourself in this definition?

Strong emotions
Being a caregiver also means going through an emotional roller coaster. Seeing your loved one suffer is complicated; you can’t “take away their pain”. This can lead to feelings of helplessness, questioning, guilt, or stress. You may also feel sad or discouraged about the results of treatment or a sense of loss of control. Feeling this distress while reconciling helping your loved one with your professional, family and social life is far from easy every day.
As a caregiver, you may need to talk about how you feel.

You are there for them, we are there for you
Your pain and concerns also deserve to be expressed and heard. This is what our counsellors at Info-aidant offer. They will listen to you without judgment, inform you about the disease or condition of the person you are helping, and help you better understand the evolution of the disease. If necessary, they will direct you to organizations that offer quality services in your region: respite, discussion groups, individual support, conferences, etc.
The Info-aidant service is toll-free, confidential and anonymous, in French and English, and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is available by phone at 1 855 852-7784, by email at info-aidant@lappui.org, or by chat at appui.org.

Appui for caregivers
L’Appui is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Quebec. Since 2009, we have been listening to and serving caregivers in Quebec and acting to preserve their quality of life.
We provide financial support to organizations and social economy enterprises that help them. We raise awareness among the population, young and old, about the importance and role of caregivers.