workplace caregiving

Not your average caregivers

Not your average caregivers

What do you think of when you hear the word caregiver? Perhaps a parent taking care of their newborn? A child or an elderly individual taking care of their spouse? Apersonal support worker or nurse? It is a new reality that caregiving has become much broader in our society than it used to be. Caregivers are all around us – even in the workplace – and are likely some people you wouldn’t expect. Informal caregiving refers to unpaid care provided to a family member or friend due to chronic or long-term illness, disability and/or aging. The Canadian government estimates that there are 6.1 million employed Canadians who are informal caregivers to a family member or a friend – that’s 35% of the Canadian workforce! The Conference Board of Canada estimates informal caregiving costs employers $1.3 billions dollars in lost productivity a year!