CAREGIVER RESOURCES

Access to user friendly information and supports

As a carer, it is important that you look after yourself as well as the person you are caring for.

Knowledge is a powerful tool in caregiving. It allows you to make informed choices about your own health as well as the health of your loved ones. Listed below are several websites that will enable you to make educated decisions throughout your caregiving experience.

PAN-CANADIAN SUPPORTS

Supporting carers across the country

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

A global movement for carers

AUSTRALIA – Carers Australia (established in 1993) is the national peak body representing Australia’s carers, advocating on behalf of Australia’s carers to influence policies and services at a national level. It works collaboratively with partners and its member organisations, the network of state and territory Carers Associations, to deliver a range of essential national carer services.

FINLAND – The Central Association of Carers in Finland (Omaishoitajat ja Läheiset -Liitto ry) is a support and advocacy association for carers and persons receiving care. The association specializes in improving the carers’ social status and offers different kinds of support for people living in care situations. With seventy-one local associations, which have a total of nearly 10,000 individual members, the association makes legislative initiatives, gives statements, participates in planning and decision-making related to informal care at the national level, and monitors the realization and quality of support activities for carers.

INDIA / NEPAL – Carers Worldwide , a registered charity, was set up in 2011 to address the issues facing carers in developing countries. Based in the UK, Carers Worldwide works internationally, in partnership with well-established organisations, to bring about improved quality of life for carers and those for whom they care. Currently Carers Worldwide is conducting programs in South and North India with three established partner organisations in addition to a consultation exercise with carers in Nepal to initiate programs with partner organisations there.

IRELAND – Care Alliance Ireland  (established in 1995) is the National Network of Voluntary Organizations supporting family carers. Its vision is that the role of Family Carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland. The organization exists to enhance the quality of life for family carers. It aims to achieve this by supporting its 95 member organisations in their direct work with family carers through the provision of information, developing research and policy, sharing resources, and instigating opportunities for collaboration.

NEW ZEALAND – Carers New Zealand (established in the early 1990’s) is the national peak body supporting family, whanau, and aiga carers.  A national registered charity, Cares NZ provides information, advice, learning and support for families with health and disability needs.

SWEDEN – Carers Sweden (Anhörigas Riksförbund) (established in 1996) is a non-profit national carer organisation consisting of over sixty local associations together with other supporting organisations and individual members that supports all carers irrespective of the age, gender and diagnosis of the person they are caring for. It provides information and advice and lobbies to influence and inspire the development of support for carers. A key event is the annual national carer conference which attracts over 800 people from all major stakeholder groups. Carers Sweden is a key partner within the Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga), a national centre of excellence in the field of informal care.

UNITED KINGDOM – ((established in the early 1960’s) supports carers and provides information and advice about caring, influence policy through research based on carers’ real life experiences and campaign to make life better for carers.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – National Alliance for Caregiving (established in 1996 in the USA) is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation and advocacy. The Alliance conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues.

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