First, the good news is that, for those who qualify, some financial assistance is available. The bad news is that some of the financial assistance programs that once existed may no longer be available because of the restructuring of provincial government services in British Columbia. Furthermore, you will likely need to do some digging to find programs that fit your needs, and it may take you some time to complete the relevant forms and provide enough information to establish eligibility.
The primary sources of financial assistance are the federal and provincial governments (through income tax credits, seniors’ supplements, Veterans Affairs programs, shelter aid, and so on). However, many volunteer organizations provide a variety of companion and/or voluntary services that may help offset some of the expenses associated with family caregiving (see Section 7 – Community-based Support Services).