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 invite you to click on any of the buttons or menu items to see, hear and read about their experiences.

Introduction by Mark Yaffe

1. Importance of Caregiving in Canada

2. Impact of Caregiving

3. Caring for yourself

4. Doctors and caregivers



"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