28% (8.1 million) Canadians over the age of 15 provide care to a chronically ill,
disabled or aging family member or friend. Among these, 60% (4.9 million) are employed.
The number of caregivers is increasing with aging baby boomers where some
are part of the Sandwich Generation.
Statistics Canada 2012 General Social Survey
Newfoundland and Labrador
Caregivers Out of Isolation NL
A provincial program of the Seniors Resource Centre NL since 2000.
Committed to supporting Caregivers of all ages who CARE for family members and friends of any age.
The direction and activities of the COI-NL Program is guided by a Provincial Advisory Committee made up of professionals and caregivers with a focus on information, education and recognition:
- providing information to caregivers and the people they CARE for,
- delivering educational presentations,
- recognizing the vital role that caregivers play in homes and within the health care system.
- some people do not identify with the word caregiver - they are "a wife, husband, partner, parent," family member or friend helping out
- caregivers are youth and adults of all ages
- rural caregiving has unique benefits and challenges
- caregiving is a natural part of family life and can be extended to friends and neighbors
- the majority of older adults want to live in their own homes (not a personal care home or nursing home)
- many caregivers are committed to visiting spouses, partners, family members and friends in care facilities
- adult children are supporting their parents or siblings from a distance, known as "long distance" caregiving
- parents of all ages are caring for teen and adult children with disabilities and responsible for their well being
- caregiving can be as simple as gathering information, "checking in" more often, running a few errands, or helping with meals
- for some, caregiving is a full time commitment - 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
- accurate information helps caregivers and the person they care for explore all the options and make informed decisions
- some people are eligible for financial assistance for services like home care or transportation costs and don't realize it
- there are joys and challenges for those who step into a caregiving role