Caring for caregivers: facing up to tough challenges

A. Paul Williams, Allie Peckham, Jillian Watkins, Natalie Warrick, Tommy Tam, David Rudoler, Karen Spalding

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This paper, the first in a series of three, sets the stage for two accompanying papers detailing a pair of groundbreaking initiatives to support "at risk" caregivers of high-needs older persons and children in Toronto. Although caregiver burden and stress are often conceptualized primarily as a function of the needs of cared-for persons and the capacity of caregivers, fragmented formal care systems also play a key role. Solutions must take individual-level and system-level factors into account; clarify expectations about what we expect unpaid caregivers to do; redefine the unit of care to include caregivers; and think beyond short-term fixes to mechanisms, such as interdisciplinary teams and integrated care plans, that promote forward planning, accountability, best practices and crisis avoidance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-23
Number of pages4
JournalHealthcare quarterly (Toronto, Ont.)
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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