Discussion 3.3: Caregiver Challenges

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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)

  • 6.1 million caregivers are juggling caring for someone close to them as well as their careers

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

  • Financial supports

  • Respite services (someone to look after my loved one while I took care of other things)

  • Home care / community supports

  • Flexible workplace programs




This consultation is now closed. 

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