A Perspective on Caregiving

Being a caregiver is one of the most important and personally rewarding roles a person will play in their lifetime. As we see families grow and adapt to outside influences, we see many children taking up the task of caring for their family members. In fact...

  • There are approximately eight million caregivers in Canada
  • In the next fifteen years, the number of family caregivers will double


It's a family affair...

Most families will have one or more members who will need care in their lifetime - and it is usually assumed another family member will take up the mantle as caregiver. Typically, we become caregivers via 2 routes:

1. Phone call route due to a sudden emergency or issue

  • Instantly become a caregiver


2. Slow decline route as family member succumbs to dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or another physical or mental decline

  • Slowly you will take on more responsibility, like running errands, household repairs or helping with money management


The Statistics of Caregiving

  • 68% of family caregivers provide financial support to the care recipient
  • 93% of family caregivers provide emotional support
  • 90% of family caregivers provide personal care support
  • Over 50% of family caregivers have had to choose between spending time with other family members (like children) vs. providing care


Caregiving is a Life Transition

Practical Implications of Providing Care

  • Balancing the responsibilities of parenting, working and caregiving
  • Keeping people informed
  • Making sure there's backup care
  • Trying to determine who is going to do what


The Caregiving Task Planner 

There are wonderful things that can come out of caregiving, but it's important to recognize that it can be one of the most stressful transitions in our lives. Many times, we're in survival mode and it's difficult to identify what we need help with - even with people offer. The above tool - The Caregiving Task Planner - was designed to assist you in better managing the practical implications of caregiving so that you can take better care of yourself.

Spectrum of Care

For most of us, dealing with a caregiving situation can be an overwhelming experience. It is not only fraught with emotion; it can be confusing and complex when it comes to making decisions. What kind of care does my loved one need? Where can that care be provided? And by whom? 

Well-meaning professionals often use jargon that is unfamiliar and terminology can differ, depending on where you live.

Spectrum of Care Tool

This tool provides a list of the types of care offered, along with a simple explanation of what the care entails. It also outlines the options available as to where the care can be provided and by whom. Multiple types of care can be provided in a variety of settings.

Financial Implications of Caregiving

People may need to:

  • Reduce work hours or stop working
  • Forego benefits
  • Work part-time
  • Turn down opportunities


The above may impact:

  • Retirement Savings
  • Children's Savings


Cost of Care

The following charts show different costs for care:

Financial Implications

You need to take care of every single stage in your life and adequately plan for each transition.

People forget to build a cost of care into their plan because: 

  • They think the cost is already covered
  • Don't realize how expensive it is
  • Doesn't occur that they might need care in the future


Whether you have parents who may need care at one point, or you yourself want to ensure your plans for care are planned out beforehand, our team is ready to help with an extended team of professionals ready to answer all of your questions! Putting a care plan in place for the future can be a difficult discussion with family members, but the better prepared you are now, the less stress other will feel when the time for caregiving comes.

Give our team a call to help you with your caregiving questions and concerns. We are always happy to help!