New resource for brain injury survivors

The Comox Valley Head Injury Society (CVHIS) has a new community resource for seniors who provide care to brain injury survivors in the Comox Valley.

The Comox Valley Head Injury Society (CVHIS) has a new community resource for seniors who provide care to brain injury survivors in the Comox Valley.

Funded with support from United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island, the Seniors Caregiving Counselling Program offers free clinical counselling for seniors who provide care to brain injury and stroke survivors.

CVHIS developed this program to support the needs of the many senior caregivers in our community whose mental health and well-being has been impacted by the challenging experience

of providing care to brain injury survivors. This program is particularly suited to senior caregivers experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, anger, grief and social isolation.

The primary intended outcome of this program is to promote the mental health and well-being of seniors caregiving for brain injury survivors by offering a free counselling resource tailored to their

specific caregiver needs.

• The participant must be a resident of the Comox Valley.

• The family caregiver must provide care to a brain injury survivor (includes stroke).

• The family caregiver or brain injury survivor must be 65 or older.

Individuals interested in further information can call the Comox Valley Head Injury Society at 250- 334-9225 or e-mail outreach.cvhis@gmail.com.

“Depression is one of the most common mental health problems affecting seniors today and is especially prevalent among senior caregivers,” says Jeremy Coombs, executive director of the Comox Valley Head Injury Society. “Unfortunately, many seniors caring for brain injury survivors are not getting the help they need. The Senior Caregivers Counselling Program is an attempt to provide resource to support the well-being of seniors caring for brain injury survivors.”

For more information, contact Jeremy Coombs, executive director at 250-334-9225 or ed.cvhis@gmail.com.

— Comox Valley Head Injury Society

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