THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS IMPACTED CARERS AROUND THE WORLD
IACO recognizes the invaluable role of carers during these challenging times. Working alongside the formal health care system, carers continue to provide support and care to someone with a physical disability, a debilitating cognitive condition or a chronic life-limiting illness. IACO members are working with their country authorities to provide accurate information and resources to ensure carers and their loved ones are safe.
The Global Carer Well-Being Index Who Cares for Carers? Perspectives on COVID-19 Pressures and Lack of Support
The 2020 Carer Well-Being Index, Embracing Carers aims to detail the ways in which the pandemic disproportionally harms carers around the globe—and to identify key societal solutions and specific actions that can address their needs during the pandemic and beyond. The 12-country global survey, fielded Sept. 3-Oct. 27, 2020, was commissioned by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany as part of their Embracing Carers™ initiative. The study surveyed a total of over 9,000 unpaid carers across U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, India and China (n=750 surveyed in each country).
As a carer, it is important for you to be informed and know who to contact if you have any concerns. IACO members are working with their country authorities to provide accurate information and resources to ensure carers and their loved ones are safe.
Carers Australia: COVID-19: Advice for carers
The French Association of Caregivers: Coronavirus : nous restons à vos côtés (Coronavirus, we stay by your side)
Care Alliance Ireland: Creating a Backup Plan: Covid-19 and Family Carers. Online Support Group for Family Carers.
Caregivers Israel: Recommendations for family caregivers in light of the corona epidemic (Download ENG)
Carers UK: Coronavirus Guidance
Guidance to partners and staff
Carers Canada: Support for Caregivers in Response to COVID-19
Carers New Zealand. Carers NZ, IHC, and others have partnered to assist carers and people living alone through COVID-19 Learn more.
Carers Japan: Urgent questionnaire on the spread of new coronavirus infection and carers
National Alliance for Caregiving (United States): Family Support Resources for Managing COVID-19
Taiwan Association of Family Caregivers Go through the storm of COVID-19 with the older adults | Public Service Announcement
The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing public health crisis and this list of resources is not exhaustive. Please contact your public health and government resources for information, or visit The World Health Organization (WHO) website