The theme for the campaign reinforces a national health care policy priority “how palliative care is provided in Canada”. Building on the December 2018 release of the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada, the events for the day recognize the vital role of caregivers and their experiences in providing care and support for their loved ones with life-limiting illness. Understanding the vital role that caregivers have and the need to provide choice and supports for both the caregiver and patient will be reinforced through the theme “Caregivers’ experiences of palliative care in Canada”
Receiving care and dying in the place of choice are measures of good quality care. Learn about Canadian’s experiences of receiving palliative care in their home, residential hospices, long-term care facilities and hospitals.
We’ve created sharable images for you to take part in the celebration and share with your networks.
Additional information and resources will be available soon to support awareness of caregivers’ experiences and help them stay connected.
ABOUT NATIONAL CARERS DAY
In April 2010, the Parliament of Canada unanimously adopted a motion declaring the first Tuesday in April “The Invisible Work Day.” This day was designated to recognize the importance of the “invisible” unpaid work carried out by parents and caregivers on behalf of their children and aging family members, as well as the volunteer work done in the community. Recognizing that caregivers come from all walks of life and take on many roles, the first Tuesday in April is a special day where we can recognize all caring Canadians.
2018 National Carers Day
Connecting Carers was a campaign to raise awareness of carers’ needs and the importance of connecting and accessing support earlier rather than later in their care journeys.
2017 National Carers Day
Carers Canada celebrated National Carers Day on April 3, 2017. This year’s theme “Caring at Home” aims to raise awareness of the invaluable role carers provide to support older adults with frailty, individuals with complex, chronic disabling conditions, and those at end-of-life to stay safely at home.
2016 National Carers Day
In 2016, Carers Canada celebrated National Carers Day on April 5. Through our “Because I Care – Recognizing Caring Canadians” campaign, we built awareness and reinforced the diversity of ‘caring’ Canadians. Over 150 individuals and organizations added their name to our Caring Wall to visibly showed their support for caring moms, dads, sisters, brothers, spouses, friends, family and neighbours who make a difference in the lives of their loved ones every day. Download Press Release
2015 National Carers Day
In 2015, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition celebrated National Family Caregiver Day on April 7. Our theme was Care & Work: A Balancing Act in recognition of the 6.1 million Canadians who must balance their personal commitments, caregiving duties and work responsibilities. Download the CCC press release