CHCA on the Issues - Carers
On the first Tuesday of April, Canadians come together to recognize family members, friends, neighbours and other significant people who take on a caring role to support someone with a diminishing physical ability, a debilitating cognitive condition or a chronic life-limiting illness.
The CHCA, as a partner of the Canadian Caregiver Coalition, is proud to support National Family Caregiver Day, and we encourage our members to pay tribute and recognize the valuable contribution of family caregivers to the home care sector. Family caregivers are the invisible back bone of our health care system and provide over 80 percent of the care needed by individuals with ‘long-term conditions’. Their dedication, selflessness and compassion not only enhance the quality of life for the person they care for, but also contribute to the sustainability of our health care system.
“Balancing act” is defined as “a difficult situation in which you try to achieve several different things at the same time”. This is the reality of 6.1 million employed Canadians who must balance their personal commitments, caregiving duties, and work responsibilities. For these family caregivers, the time and physical demands are often equivalent to working two full time jobs. This balancing act impacts a family caregiver’s financial, emotional and personal well-being. Download the CHCA press release - CLICK HERE
Share practical tips and tools for caregivers and employers
Tips and Tools for Working Caregivers
Tips and Tools for Employers
A Canada that recognizes and respects the integral role of family caregivers in society.
Family caregivers’ are family members and other significant people (as identified by the care recipient) who provide care and assistance to individuals living with a debilitating physical, mental or cognitive condition.
Family Caregiving in Canada
What if Canada was the best in the world in meeting the needs of family caregivers?
CHCA Knowledge Network - A Pan-Canadian Roundtable
The CHCA Home Care Knowledge Network invited 35 stakeholders representing a broad range of organizations, including national associations, charities, coalitions, home care providers, employers, and government and caregiver coalitions, to explore and identify innovative advocacy practices that will contribute to the successful advancement of the caregiver agenda.
Consultation on Family Caregiving
Interactive Workshop & Educational Sessions
Highlights from the 2008 CHCA Home Care Summit, which was attended by over 400 stakeholders from across Canada, including the special 2.5 hour workshop, 'Social Innovation and Family Caregiving', sponsored by HRSDC.
A Canadian Caregiver Strategy, 2013
A strategy that describes how Canada can address the priorities of family caregivers and the role of governments, organizations and individuals in the implementation of a Canadian Caregiver Strategy. Specific priorities include:
1. Safeguarding the health and well-being of family caregivers.
2. Minimizing excessive financial burden.
3. Enabling access to user friendly information.
4. Creating flexible workplace and educational environments.
5. Investing in research on family caregiving
Advocating for Family Caregivers
The Canadian Home Care Association is actively involved as a signatory partner and President of the Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC). The CCC is a diverse group of organizations from across Canada that join with caregivers, service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders to identify and respond to the needs of caregivers in Canada.
The vision of the Coalition is - a Canada that recognizes and respects the integral role of family caregivers in society, and supports this role with the understanding that it is not a substitute for public responsibility in health and social care.