Family caregiving

Caring for a relative or a close friend can have a wide range of impacts on the caregivers. For this module we interviewed 39 people who cared for someone with a chronic physical illness. Some had just started as a caregiver while others had cared for many years. The caregivers told us about their experiences including the good moments along with the challenges they encountered. We would like to invite you to click on any of the links below to see, hear and read about their experiences.


Introduction by Dr. Mark Yaffe,
Family physician

"If Canada's health care system were a plant, family caregivers would be its roots - fragile, vital and invisible." - Donald Cameron

Date published: October 2013

Review date: September 2016

Caregiving in Canada
Impact of caregiving
Caring for yourself
Doctors and caregivers