Supportive Workplaces & Educational Enviroments

When employers provide flexible workplace options that respect caregiver’s obligations, it reduces the difficulty that employed caregivers face when attempting to balance paid work with their unpaid caregiving responsibilities. In order to support their caregiving employees, employers can provide flexible working arrangements, personal leave, benefits and wellness strategies, such as counselling, to address their employees physical, emotional and psychosocial health needs.

For younger family caregivers (age 5-18), educational programs must recognize and respect young family caregiver needs. To achieve this, supports and resources in schools and universities and colleges must be available to support the unique needs of young carers and protect them from the harms of stress, anxiety and social isolation, which commonly arise in young caregivers as they try to balance the demands of school, social circles, and making decisions about their future.

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Beyond Recognition — Caregiving & Human Rights in Canada: A Policy Brief (March 2015)

This brief provides an overview of caregiving as a human rights issue based on a review of academic and grey literature both within Canada and internationally, as well as interviews with leading caregiving experts in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

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Caregivers in the Healthcare Workplace: Findings from a 2008-2011 Action Research Project (2014)

This paper documents the findings of an action research project conducted between 2008 and 2011, which addressed the issues facing healthcare employees who also provide care to family members at home. Undertaken at a local community healthcare center in Montreal, the researchers engaged employees in multiple conversations to better understand their experiences, challenges and realities and to make recommendations to help these working caregivers juggle their multiple roles.

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Paid Time Off, Vacations, Sick Days and Short-Term Caregiving in the United States: 2014 National Study of Employers (February 2015)

This study looks at the state of paid leave policies nationally. It is based on research from the comprehensive ongoing study of employers with 50 or more employees-conducted by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and released in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)-looking at employer programs, policies and practices for supporting employees’ work and personal lives.

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Working and Looking after Mom and Dad: The Face of Caregiving in Canada (March 2009)

Despite the trends in increasing eldercare responsibility, relatively little is known about employed caregivers in Canada. “Employed caregivers” is defined as a caregiver who is employed full-time but also provides caregiving to family members. This document presents highlights of the research report, Balancing Paid Work and Caregiving Responsibilities: A Closer Look at Family Caregivers in Canada, co-authored by CPRN Research Associate Dr. Linda Duxbury (Carleton University), Dr. Chris Higgins (University of Western Ontario) and Bonnie Schroeder (VON Canada).

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