Essential Partners-in-Care

At Lakeridge Health, we welcome the presence of Essential Partners-in-Care (EPCs) and recognize the important role they play in the healing and well-being of patients, clients, and residents. As such, we have developed an EPC Program to provide information and resources for EPCs on how to support someone at Lakeridge Health.

Please click here to learn more about the EPC Program.

Learn more about the Essential Partner-in-Care Program. Start the EPC learning module here.

Resources for Essential Partners-in-Care (EPCs)

Taking Care of Yourself 

Self-Care and Resilience Check 

Page 2: Complete the Mental Health Continuum Self-Assessment to see how you’re coping with stress. 

Page 3: Identify self-care practices that you can incorporate into your daily routine. 

Page 4: Make a commitment to practice self-care as often as possible 

Providing Emotional Support

To have a supportive conversation, remember the EARS acronym: 

Engage and open a conversation 

Actively listen and encourage self-expression 

Refer to resources and ask how you can help. 

Stay in touch and follow-up 

Please see the foldable pocketbook for full details. 

Resources for supporting others 

The Ontario Caregiver Organization provides a multitude of resources about caregiving on their website

Child: Canadian Paediatric Society website 

Elder: Ontario Caregiver website: Caring for a Senior 

Individual with Mental Health Concerns: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Guides and Publications 

Alzheimer’s Society of Durham Region


The Ontario Caregiver Helpline
1-833-416-2273 (CARE)

Distress Centre Durham
24-hour crisis line

Durham Mental Health Services
24-hour crisis line
TTY 1-866-620-3490

Kids Help Phone
24-hour crisis line