Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Information and Resources

1:1 Caregiver Peer Support

1:1 Caregiver Peer Support
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is excited to expand the 1:1 Peer Support Program to caregivers (parents, spouses, friends, and family who care for people who live with MS). We recognize that for people who are informal caregivers for loved ones with MS, there are certain needs and subjects where talking to peers in similar situations can help provide some support and comfort.

The 1:1 Peer Support Program is a telephone/internet-based program for individuals living with MS and their caregivers. You or the person you care for may be newly diagnosed, you may have a specific question, or maybe you are dealing with an issue related to MS. Sometimes the best person to talk to is someone who has had similar experiences. Volunteers from across Canada are provided with extensive training to ensure they have the skills to best support you.

Contact the 1:1 Peer Support Program at peersupportprogram@mssociety.ca or 1-800-268-7582 x3149 to request more information or an application and indicate whether you live with MS or are a caregiver

Webinars

Caregiver Partnership Webinars
As health charities supporting individuals with neurological conditions, the Alzheimer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and Parkinson Canada have natural commonalities in the demographics they serve and support. A key commonality is the caregiver, who provides support to people living with these respective diseases. Recognizing that there are many topics which appeal to all caregivers in the broader disease community, our three organizations decided to partner to offer online education initiatives. You can watch the recordings below.

October 25th, 2017: "I don't know what to say"... Beginning Difficult Conversations

May 26th, 2016: Learning How to Get the Help You Need: How Caregivers can Navigate the Health and Social Care System

December 10th, 2015: Taking Care of Yourself through the Ups and Downs of Caregiving


The Caregiver Network tele-learning session

In June 2008, The The Caregiver Network and the MS Society of Canada offered a national tele-learning session that connected caregivers and families to information and support. Here is the presentation and biographies from this call for your information.

Other Webinars

November 8, 2017: Income Security and MS: Planning for the Future presented by the Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program from the British Columbia & Yukon Division

Caregiver Partnership Articles

As health charities supporting individuals with neurological conditions, the Alzheimer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and Parkinson Canada have natural commonalities in the people they serve and support. A key commonality is the family caregiver who provides support to people living with these respective diseases. Our organizations have partnered to share resources and provide new information and webinars to support family caregivers.

February 2018: Talking Finances

November 2017: Tips for the Holidays

August 2017: You Are Not Alone

MS Society Publications for Caregivers

A Guide for Caregivers (PDF: 935 KB)
This guide provides information on practical issues faced by caregivers. A resource list is included.

Caring for the Caregiver newsletter

Other MS Society Publications
Resource Library - MS Canada magazine, booklets, books and DVDs, learning events, websites related to MS

MS in Focus Magazine

MS in Focus
The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation produced MS in Focus, a free magazine produced twice yearly in English, Spanish and German. The final issue, Issue 16 focused on caregiving and MS

Online Caregiver Resources