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Changing CARE for caregivers

Back in 2015, when we first waded into the unknown waters of the caregiver experience, we weren’t sure what we were getting into. But what we did know was that The Change Foundation, as an independent and unbiased organization, was uniquely placed to explore this issue with both caregivers themselves and the providers who intersect with them in Ontario’s health and community care system. So, while the path forward wasn’t exactly clear, we were confident it was the right time and opportunity for us to lead this necessary provincial conversation.

Integrated care: reach across, don’t dictate down

There’s broad agreement that integrated healthcare serves patients better, eases the burden on caregivers and improves system accountability and efficiency. There are excellent examples of it in many countries and multiple efforts to create it here in Canada. Yet progress toward it remains frustratingly slow.

Unearthing the organizations that support young carers

Upon my arrival, I was tasked with creating a comprehensive list of the programs and services that exist in Ontario that support young caregivers. This inventory, which we hope will help guide young carers, their families and healthcare providers, is nearly complete, and we hope to have it released in November. 
Here are some of the things I learned through the process of building this resource and speaking with leading organizations across Ontario:

Young Carers – The Invisible Population

The Change Foundation’s response to Kielburger article in the Huffington Post, “Forced to Grow Up Too Fast, Canada’s Young Carers Face Trauma,” shining a light on young carers.

WHAT’S BEING SAID

We did a search across ON for programs/services supporting #youngcarers. Check out the 10 amazing organizations we found that support #youngcarers: bit.ly/2hUGc4g