Experiences of informal caregivers

The impact on unpaid informal caregivers who support their aging loved ones report is the first of its kind to be released in Alberta.

In Alberta, there are an estimated 400,000 informal caregivers who provide support to seniors. This informal care is not paid for or funded by the province’s healthcare system. However it enables their loved ones to continue living at home. These often-unrecognized healthcare partners save Alberta’s health system approximately $3 billion annually.

There is little known about their experiences. Caregivers are often discussed within the context of the support they provide to their loved one, as opposed to being considered individuals with their own needs.

To capture this population’s voice, the HQCA conducted interviews with 29 caregivers and their loved ones to better understand their challenges, and to identify ways our healthcare system can support clients and their caregivers to live safely at home longer.

 

The impact on unpaid informal caregivers who support their aging loved ones

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