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A caregiver, or family caregiver is a person who takes on an unpaid caring role for someone who needs help because of a physical or cognitive condition, an injury or a chronic life-limiting illness.
One in four Canadians are caregivers – 54% are women, and 46% are men
50% of caregivers are between the ages of 45 and 65 (their peak earning years)
Caregivers in Canada spent over $12 million in 1 year on expenses related to their caregiving role
(Carers Canada http://www.carerscanada.ca/carer-facts)
What challenges did you face as a caregiver to someone who was living with a life-threatening illness? What type of support would have made it better for you? For example:
Understanding disease pathway
Knowing what to expect – how to prepare
Respite services (someone to look after my loved one while I took care of other things)
Home care / community supports
Flexible workplace programs