Video clip – testimonials from our caregivers
Saint-Chrysostome, wednesday, June 22, 2022 – To celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary, Les Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent is launching a new video to raise awareness among caregivers and those around them to seek help and support as soon as possible.
The objective of the video is to normalize family caregiving. The testimonials remind us that you are not alone in this situation. Our team gives you an overview of the benefits that listening, accompaniment and support services can bring. . In addition, it is important to be aware of the importance of taking care of yourself.
The production of the video was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Caisse Desjardins du Haut-Saint-Laurent, Claire IsaBelle, Députée de Huntingdon as well as Claude De Bellefeuille, Députée de Salaberry-Suroît.
Les Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent has been specializing in the prevention of caregiver burnout for over 25 years. Located in Saint-Chrysostome, the non-profit organization supports hundreds of caregivers each year from the onset of their loved one’s loss of autonomy until the bereavement period, in addition to offering training, support groups and a respite service. Through this work, the organization aims to help caregivers have a better quality of life.
To view the video, you can go to the website: www.aidantshsl.org/ or on Facebook and InstagramLes Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent.
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Source : Julie Paquette
General Manager: Les Aidants du Haut-Saint-Laurent
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Caregiving without Exhaustion Workshop
Instructor – Debbie is inspirational! She is a professional and caring person who made me feel at ease speaking about personal and sensitive subjects She was always well prepared and I believe she is a true subject matter expert!
Content – All the modules were clear and relative to my situation. The chapters on Needs & Rights as well as Changes were probably the most impactful. Although the information on Guilt, Health and Resources were also extremely valuable. Negotiating a Contract was probably the least interesting but worth covering. All the handouts are useful and relevant references. We were a small group so we covered everything within the time allotment. Well Done!
Delivery mode: It was the first time Debbie delivered this course online but we didn’t experience any major issues. The Zoom platform was fairly new to me and I thought it worked well for our small class.
Summary: I feel much better equipped to continue my caregiver support role after taking this workshop. This course taught me some new life skills, with strategies to assist me be a more positive and healthy person. I feel less alone now that I know Debbie and your organization are there to support me and my family. I will recommend your services to anyone. – Wanda Rankin
First I want to thank you for everything! I really enjoyed every session we had together, even if some days I felt exhausted and it took everything I had in me to log on! You made these sessions worthwhile for me and i greatly appreciate it. Every session was filled with useful information as well as tools for the present and the future. There wasn’t a day that you weren’t happy to be with us and share your gift.
The session I found the hardest was of course changes and guilt, but you helped me work through it all with a smile and encouragement. I still have a lot of learning to do about myself and some changes to make but I feel that with the guidance, information and tools you provided I will be able to succeed as a caregiver for my mom and become a better and more positive person. Again, I appreciate everything and I will most definitely make use of everything I have learnt. – Anonymous
Really enjoyed workshops – very respectful and safe environment. – Anonymous
That we are not always able to change the inevitable but that we can make the trip as enjoyable as we are willing to try. – Anonymous
I have enjoyed meeting with Debbie outside this summer. I don’t often have a chance to just sit and be in the present. And the bonus – to be there with others who really truly understand. – Pat Clark
Grief group support
This support group for grieving, I definitly recommend for understanding the stages, emotions and support by other in the same situation. The group was small and we develop a special bond. You aren’t alone. – J.L. Howick
Thank you Debbie for animating the ten week grief support group sessions. They have helped me cope with my grief and balance the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of my life. It was encouraging to be told that i was exhibiting courage and strenght. I know that I am not at the end of my grief journey but i believe that these sessions have brought me to a more peaceful place in my heart as you had hope in your welcome letter. – Pearl
I was very hesitant to sign up for this 10 weeks’ commitment. BUT it definitely was worth while. – Anonymous
It helps me a lot. The time to do the things I needed to take care of. Especially knowing I had someone to depend on. Everything was perfect! I never had anyone as nice as she was! – Anonymous
It’s gives me a break and I know my mom is in good hands and safe. My mom gets along great with Eugenie. She enjoys her company. – Anonymous
The painting day was the highlight of my summer. I value an activity that I do not have to organize or clean up when it is over. My world felt a little lighter as I let my worries go and got lost in the activity. And Bonus! the paintings we produced were fantastic!
Vicky was hesitant about the paint day. She is always hesitant. She loved it.
I have been a caregiver most of my whole life. It is very draining. Caregiving for so many, many years had left no time for me. Les Aidant Naturels has helped me understand the importance of caring for myself too. I am getting better doing me.
Thanks Tara for all you do. – Pat Clark
Testimonials from members of our team
Testimonial from a summer student
Enrichment, fulfillment and discovery are the words that come to mind when I think of the summer I spent with Les Aidants Naturels du Haut-Saint-Laurent. From my first day with my new team, I felt welcomed and appreciated. During my eight weeks at work, I made incredible connections with my colleagues, but also with the caregivers and the loved one’s.