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Caregivers out of Isolation 

From: Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Older adults 55+ (© 2010, 2011 CAMH)

Goals and objectives

  • to provide direct support to caregivers according to their self-identified needs
  • to enhance awareness about issues identified by caregivers
  • to promote policy development that responds to issues identified by caregivers


This project aims to support caregivers in the community through a variety of support programs such as support groups, workshops, caregiver activities and open panel discussions (Guideline 6). These services aim to help caregivers deal with the many pressures they face and to enhance awareness of the issues faced by caregivers and seniors. There is a focus on empowering oneself and increasing self-efficacy (Guideline 5). This program also tries to build local supports for caregivers and trains volunteers to work with caregivers and older adults (Guideline 4).

This program is particularly useful in rural communities, where support and access is limited.

Additional information

Start date  June 2006 
Guideline 1: Audience, specific populations 
  • caregivers
  • older adults
  • rural residents
  • urban residents 
Guideline 2: Protective and risk factors, and determinants of health 

Protective factors

  • access to support services
  • coping skills
  • healthy lifestyle
  • resilience
  • social support

Risk factors

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • isolation
  • issues with self-esteem
  • limited or no social support
  • stress
  • suicidal ideation or history of suicide attempts

Determinants of health

Guideline 3: Multiple settings 
  • physicians’ offices
  • senior centres
  • senior organizations 
Guideline 9: Multiple stakeholders 
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • caregivers
  • community members
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living
  • Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • VON Canada
  • women’s institutes 
Guideline 11: Evaluation  yes, ongoing 
Learn more
  • Holland, Erin. (2006). How We Grew: Regional Caregiver Networks in Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John’s: Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador. Available: Accessed March 9, 2009 
  • Contact Erin Holland (tel: 709 737-2333 or e-mail


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