Carer-Friendly Workplaces

Carer-Friendly Workplaces Official page for the Chair Program in Gender, Health and Caregiver Friendly Workplaces at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. There are more than 5.6 million employees in Canada with adult/elder care responsibilities.

With an ageing population and a changing workforce, the number of people providing unpaid care and paid work at the same time is expected to rise. Using a sex/gender lens, the purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between unpaid (informal/family) care giving and paid work. A lack of workplace support can have negative effects on both the caregiver-employee and the workplace, inclu

With an ageing population and a changing workforce, the number of people providing unpaid care and paid work at the same time is expected to rise. Using a sex/gender lens, the purpose of this project is to examine the relationship between unpaid (informal/family) care giving and paid work. A lack of workplace support can have negative effects on both the caregiver-employee and the workplace, inclu

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Watch Allison Williams provide an update on the development of ISO 25551 - General requirements and guidelines for carer...
05/11/2021
ISO/FDIS 25551 video update available

Watch Allison Williams provide an update on the development of ISO 25551 - General requirements and guidelines for carer-inclusive organizations! https://committee.iso.org/sites/tc314/home/news/content-left-area/news-and-updates/isofdis-25551-video-update-avail.html

ISO/FDIS 25551 video update available 11 May 2021    Convenor Allison Williams provides us with an update on the development of ISO 25551 - General requirements and guidelines for carer-inclusive organizations. Discover the latest update from WG 3 here:  

April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. Check out the link below for great resources to start the conv...
04/16/2021
ACP DAY - Speak Up | Parlons en

April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day in Canada. Check out the link below for great resources to start the conversation about advance care planning!

https://www.advancecareplanning.ca/acpday/

Every Year, April 16th Marks Advance Care Planning Day in Canada Advance Care Planning is the process of thinking and talking about your wishes, values, and preferences for your future care in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. Decide who would speak for you — choose your Substitute D...

04/06/2021
National Caregiver Day: New Study Shows COVID-19 Increasing Demands on Canadian Caregivers | BioSpace

Today is National Caregiver Day! Take time to check out this new study and appreciate the caregivers in your life!

https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/national-caregiver-day-new-study-shows-covid-19-increasing-demands-on-canadian-caregivers/

National Caregiver Day: New Study Shows COVID-19 Increasing Demands on Canadian Caregivers - read this article along with other careers information, tips and advice on BioSpace

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 26% of workers must take a leave of absence due to care?
04/05/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 26% of workers must take a leave of absence due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 26% of workers must take a leave of absence due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 40% of workers must take time off work or leave early due to care?
04/04/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 40% of workers must take time off work or leave early due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Did you that 40% of workers must take time off work or leave early due to care?

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: COVID-19 has made it extra challenging for employees who also care for aging loved on...
04/03/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: COVID-19 has made it extra challenging for employees who also care for aging loved ones in need. Help them thrive by being a carer-friendly workplace.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: COVID-19 has made it extra challenging for employees who also care for aging loved ones in need. Help them thrive by being a carer-friendly workplace.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Employees are feeling the strain of working full-time and taking care of adult loved ...
04/02/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Employees are feeling the strain of working full-time and taking care of adult loved ones in need.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Employees are feeling the strain of working full-time and taking care of adult loved ones in need.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Do you have workers who are busy caring for their parents of parents-in-law? They cou...
04/01/2021

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Do you have workers who are busy caring for their parents of parents-in-law? They could use your support.

April 6 is National Caregiver Day: Do you have workers who are busy caring for their parents of parents-in-law? They could use your support.

For many, long term care homes are a last resort. The mental health impacts that come with caring for an elderly or sick...
01/22/2021
Exhausted and at her limit, she put her mother in long-term care. She — and others — now regret making that decision

For many, long term care homes are a last resort. The mental health impacts that come with caring for an elderly or sick family member (especially during a pandemic!) don't disappear with the use of these homes. This fascinating article shares an important perspective... https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/01/16/making-a-decision-to-put-a-family-member-in-long-term-care-is-difficult-and-emotional-its-even-harder-when-the-choices-are-so-limited.html?source=newsletter&utm_content=a08&utm_source=ts_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=E36D0E624F3B6EE3D9E69C96D4AA1F8E&utm_campaign=tmh_42509

Unlike some countries, Canada doesn’t have a plan for its aging population. Without adequate support to keep seniors at home and retirement homes that...

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
12/28/2020

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

The holidays can be difficult for many, and through the challenges of 2020, more Canadians than ever are carrying sorrow, anxiety, and grief into this holiday season. If you know someone who is grieving, letting them know you are thinking about them can be a great comfort.

The Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada supports and normalizes the conversation that grief and bereavement is a part of life and provides you with a list of resources and tools to help you throughout your grief journey.
https://www.chpca.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Dec10th_Finalized20resource20list20-20ASC20edits-2.pdf

"the intervention demonstrated an improvement of the workplace experience score for participants over time, with the ass...
12/17/2020
Improving the Workplace Experience of Caregiver-Employees: A Time Series Analysis of a Workplace Intervention

"the intervention demonstrated an improvement of the workplace experience score for participants over time, with the association particularly strong immediately post-intervention" Congrats to Regina Ding, Anastassios Dardas, Li Wang and Allison Williams on this recent publication! Full article below: #workercarer #PGproject @SSHRC_CRSH
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2093791120303656

Rapid population aging in developed countries has resulted in the working-age population increasingly being tasked with the provision of informal care…

We are beyond excited to be exhibiting at this year’s HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show. Exploring the theme HR REBOOT...
12/12/2020

We are beyond excited to be exhibiting at this year’s HRPA Annual Conference & Trade Show.
Exploring the theme HR REBOOTED — ADVANCED HR IN A WORLD DISRUPTED – the 2021 HRPA Annual Conference will address key issues facing HR Professionals today, from managing through the pandemic to addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Register now at hrpaconference.ca/
#HRPAAC #HRPA #HR #HumanResources #HRConference

We are always excited to see evidence based workplace changes! Always, but more-so given current working conditions, wor...
12/09/2020
Canadian Nurse

We are always excited to see evidence based workplace changes! Always, but more-so given current working conditions, workers deserve to be cared for!

New article 💭 “A cultural shift toward mindfulness in the workplace is a sustainable, cost-effective way that can achieve immediate and long-lasting human-centred and financial results.”

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for caregiver-friendly workplace policies. Employers can explore the benefits these po...
11/20/2020
COVID-19’s silver lining? Creating a caregiver-friendly work culture

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for caregiver-friendly workplace policies. Employers can explore the benefits these policies bring in this article: https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/covid-19s-silver-lining-creating-a-caregiver-friendly-work-culture/

Millions of Canadians juggle employment and informal caring. With the pandemic drastically changing working life, employers have an opportunity to embrace a caregiver-friendly work culture.

Take a moment to sign this petition #NotJustAVisitor
11/12/2020
Sign the Petition

Take a moment to sign this petition #NotJustAVisitor

#NotJustAVisitor A Canadian Declaration of Family Caregiver Rights and Responsibilities

A step in the right direction to help carer-employees and others care for the elderly in their homes and lighten the bur...
11/10/2020
New home renovation tax credit announced for Ontario seniors

A step in the right direction to help carer-employees and others care for the elderly in their homes and lighten the burden on LTC facilities:
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/new-home-renovation-tax-credit-announced-for-ontario-seniors-1.5176419

Ontario seniors are getting a new home renovation tax credit next year in order to stay in their homes for a longer period of time and avoid entering a long-term care home which has been hard-hit by COVID-19.

10/29/2020
ghw.mcmaster.ca

So many exciting updates and publications in the latest Newsletter. Check it out! #careremployee #CarerStandard #PGProject
https://ghw.mcmaster.ca/app/uploads/2020/10/PG-Newsletter-Vol-4.pdf

Congratulations to Regina Ding on the publication of Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention o...
10/20/2020
Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program... : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Congratulations to Regina Ding on the publication of Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention on the Health of Full-Time Caregiver Employees
A Time Series Analysis of Intervention Effects https://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2020/10000/Evaluation_of_a_Caregiver_Friendly_Workplace.19.aspx

final timepoint (T3) 12 months after T1. An aggregate health score was used to measure health and consisted three scales; depression (CES-D), psychosocial (CRA), and self-reported health (SF-12), where higher scores indicated higher frequency of adverse health symptoms. Three random-slope models wer...

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many c...
09/22/2020
Personal support workers are vital to Canada's healthcare system, but many experience prejudice on the job | Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre | Live Radio | CBC Listen

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many challenges they face on the job. Listen below to Dr. Bharati Sethi's radio interview to learn more. #COVID19 #psw #FrontLineHeroes
https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-80-afternoon-drive/clip/15798114-personal-support-workers-vital-canadas-healthcare-system-many

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important personal support workers are to the healthcare system and the many challenges they face on the job. But, one researcher says it's even more difficult for racialized PSWs in the province as many have experienced prejudice from the people they are pr...

COVID-19 gives employers a unique chance to protect the physical, emotional and financial well-being of employees who ar...
09/17/2020
COVID-19's silver lining? Creating a caregiver-friendly work culture

COVID-19 gives employers a unique chance to protect the physical, emotional and financial well-being of employees who are informal caregivers at home, by creating a carer-friendly work culture, writes Allison Williams. |
@GHWChair
@ConversationCA
https://theconversation.com/covid-19s-silver-lining-creating-a-caregiver-friendly-work-culture-145096

Changes to working life created by COVID-19 give employers an opportunity to embrace a caregiver-friendly work culture, supporting the millions of Canadians who juggle employment and informal caring.

"There is an urgency for policy-makers to prioritize PSWs’ working conditions and wages if they hope to sustain a robust...
09/16/2020
Personal support workers are the backbone of health care but the bottom of the power structure

"There is an urgency for policy-makers to prioritize PSWs’ working conditions and wages if they hope to sustain a robust health-care system. Sadly, it has taken COVID-19 to highlight the significant contribution to our collective well-being made by PSWs and other health-care workers."
Congrats to Dr. Bharati Sethi on the publication of this interesting look into an important profession.
https://theconversation.com/personal-support-workers-are-the-backbone-of-health-care-but-the-bottom-of-the-power-structure-144648

Personal support workers are crucial but under-appreciated in the health-care system. They are often subjected to racism, and they struggle to make ends meet while caring for our most vulnerable.

What role do carer-employees play in restarting our economy after COVID-19? Melinda Gates looks at this more in-depth in...
05/12/2020
Opinion | Melinda Gates: How rethinking caregiving could play a crucial role in restarting the economy

What role do carer-employees play in restarting our economy after COVID-19? Melinda Gates looks at this more in-depth in the following article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/07/melinda-gates-how-rethinking-caregiving-could-play-crucial-role-restarting-economy/

#workercarer #PGProject #careremployee

To ensure a fast and inclusive recovery, governments, business leaders and investors need to make caregiving a priority.

Check out Dr. Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay's piece on the Conversation Canada about caregivers here!http://theconversation.c...
05/12/2020
À l'aide! Les proches aidants sont épuisés et nous en payons tous le prix

Check out Dr. Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay's piece on the Conversation Canada about caregivers here!

http://theconversation.com/a-laide-les-proches-aidants-sont-epuises-et-nous-en-payons-tous-le-prix-121420

#careremployee #PGProject #workercarer

Les femmes proches aidantes s'appauvrissent, réduisent souvent leur temps de travail ou quittent leur emploi. Or, il n’y aurait pas un manque de services, mais plutôt une sous-utilisation.

More and more organizations involved in health-care research and training have moved to a definition of 'patient' that n...
11/07/2019
OPINION | Invisible patients: Caregivers need support too in Canada's health-care system | CBC News

More and more organizations involved in health-care research and training have moved to a definition of 'patient' that now includes significant others involved in their loved one's care.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/opinion-caregivers-health-system-stress-1.5343669

A "staggering" number of Canadians provide care for a family member or friend living with a long-term health condition or disability — and too often, they're overlooked in our health-care system, say researchers Fiona MacDonald, Karine Levasseur and Tannis Driedger.

It’s been estimated that in Canada, more than 1.25 million Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 provide some form of ...
11/07/2019
Play delves into young caregivers' difficult lives

It’s been estimated that in Canada, more than 1.25 million Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 provide some form of unpaid caregiving for their families. A play being performed in Winnipeg highlights the challenges for young caregivers.

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/arts/play-delves-into-young-caregivers-difficult-lives-564556532.html

The play Tiny Treasures, which opens Friday, Nov. 8, at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP), asks a pointed question: What happens in some households when it’s the kids caring for the grown-ups? The drama by U.K. playwright Kevin Dyer focuses on one such character, 13-year-old James, who ...

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