This project was a partnership between the University of Guelph and the University of Alberta. The project involved a literature review of academic studies and government reports relevant to the understanding of risk factors and outcomes for family members who provide care for children with disabilities and chronic illnesses and family members who are elderly or who have mental illnesses. (Lero, Keating, Fast, Cook).
This study explored the intersections of caregivers' practices and the practices of service organizations in the health, home and continuing care systems and highlighted the practices that directly link clients and their caregivers into policy processes. (Lero, Joseph) (Completed)
The Episodic Caregiver Support Initiative (ECSI) was launched
in the fall of 2013 as a year-long project designed to explore the needs
of family/friend caregivers of individuals with episodic disability in
Ontario. Episodic disabilities are long-term conditions such as MS,
arthritis, HIV/AIDS, and certain mental health conditions that are
characterized by fluctuating periods of wellness and incapacity that
affect employment and the need for care and assistance from family
members/close friends and professionals.
The purpose of this project was to obtain current
Canadian information to assess the extent to which workplaces provide a
variety of flexible work arrangements, leave policies, and information
and supports that can enable employees to successfully combine paid
employment and caregiving for adult or elder family members.