A caregiver, carer or family caregiver (as they referred to around the world) is an unpaid individual, such as a family member, neighbour, friend or other significant individual, who takes on a caring role to support someone with a diminishing physical ability, a debilitating cognitive condition or a chronic life-limiting illness. The terms caregiver, family caregiver and carer are used interchangeably by IACO members.
Below is a listing of the exciting initiatives that recognize and acknowledge the essential role of carers.
Family Carers have the opportunity to take part in a number of events across Ireland during National Carers Week. This celebration and recognition week enables carers to take a day for themselves, and to participate in events such as pamper days, informative gatherings, live entertainment and ‘open days’ at local attractions. Learn more
The first Tuesday in April has been designated as National Caregiver Day by the Government of Canada. The aim is to raise public awareness of social and economic value of unpaid work. Learn more
Over 50 million Americans are recognized through this annual event that focuses on the challenges facing family caregivers. State, local, and national organizations create events to recognize the contribution of family caregivers and to provide additional support for the services they provide. Typically, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to honor caregivers. Family caregivers provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis, with an estimated value of $510 billion dollars to the US economy. Learn more
National Carers Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the diversity of carers and caring roles in your local community. Research shows that you or someone you know will either be a carer or need a carer. It’s important to understand what it means to be an unpaid carer and how to access support and services. There’s a variety of events and activities taking place around Australia throughout National Carers Week. Learn more
This blog is where we share latest news from the field, carers’ stories, advocacy progress, and much more! Carers Worldwide are committed to changing the lives of carers. Learn more
Family Care is packed with helpful articles to help you self-manage common caring issues at home. Learn more
The Nationwide Family Caregiver Week is an annual theme week that seeks to highlight family care issues. The theme week has been celebrated since 2003. Learn more
Cafés des Aidants are held in a friendly, social, café-like environment with the goal of providing carers with a brief respite and opportunity to access psychosocial support. Cafés des Aidants are gatherings that carers can attend by themselves and experience a sense of belonging, normality, freedom and relief. The goal of Cafés des Aidants is to provide a positive space for carers to talk, share, learn and exchange with professionals and others in similar situations. Learn more
Carer Cafés are community-centric, locally operated and supported initiatives across Taiwan that aim to: improve identification of carers and help carers recognise their own needs; increase awareness of and referral to long-term care resources and support services in the community; offer carers a space to take a short “break”; 4. help carers to re-enter the workforce after the caring journey; and cultivate social responsibility in supporting carers among the community. Learn more