This report reinforces the need from formal recognition of the valuable role of family caregivers in the Canadian health and social care systems. This strategy includes guiding principles and five essential elements required to address the needs of caregivers across the country. It calls upon federal, provincial and municipal governments, the public and private sector organizations and individual Canadians to act now to achieve a vision of a country that recognizes, respects and supports the integral role of family.
This document sets out a vision for what good support would mean for carers, and key recommendations for government. It includes research and evidence on the impact of caring on carers’ health, finances, employment and social inclusion; a positive vision for what good support would mean for carers; key recommendations on policies and an assessment of progress made on recommendations Carers UK set out in our 2010 manifesto.
Carers and human rights: the parallel struggles of disabled people and carers for equal treatment.
Luke Clements is a Professor at Cardiff Law School, Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Law and a solicitor with Scott-Moncrieff Associates LLP (London)
This paper considers the struggle being waged by unpaid carers (sometimes referred to as ‘caregivers’) for recognition as ‘rights holders’. It identifies the distinct legal status that carers have in the majority of states in the world; describes carers’ shared history of adverse treatment within most states; and argues that carers’ social exclusion arises from a widespread hostility to ‘dependency’ – a hostility that is gendered and particularly evident in neoliberal political discourse.
This centre contributes to the long- term knowledge development regarding issues that affect family carers’ situation and how support can best be given to family carers. The work of the centre leads to a higher quality and effectiveness of care of older people in the entire country with a focus on issues that affect the family carers’ situation.