There are an estimated 3.3 million family caregivers in Ontario – nearly a third of the population – and we know that these numbers are only increasing.
As more and more Ontarians become caregivers every day, we wanted to create something to help them on their caregiver journey, and to help the healthcare providers who work with them.
So, we worked closely with family caregiver Carole Ann Alloway to create The Caregiver Wishlist, a set of videos based on some of Carole Ann’s ideas, and brought to life in a workshop with 16 family caregivers from across Ontario, with diverse caregiving experiences.
We know that no two caregiving experiences are the same, but the wish for better communications, caregiver identification, assistance with system navigation, respect and empathy from healthcare providers, discharge training and more transcend disease, diagnosis and journey.
Becoming a caregiver can be an overwhelming and confusing experience, but knowledge is power. The Caregiver Wishlist discusses some of the things you can expect, and some of the things you can do to make your experience a little less stressful.
The Caregiver Wishlist illustrates the advantages of engaging patients and family caregivers in the healthcare team, as well as small things that healthcare providers can do to improve the caregiver’s, and ultimately the patient’s, experience.
We hope these videos spark transformation and a co-designed approach to patient care, including family caregivers in each step of the patient journey.
The Caregiver Wishlist
Co-Design in Action