A Systematic Review of the Literature on Combining work and Eldercare in Canada.

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Published: 2007

Author(s): Donna Lero and Gillian Joseph

The study explored the intersections of caregivers' practices and the practices of service organizations in the health, home and continuing care systems and highlights the practices that directly link clients and their caregivers into policy processes.

The researchers examined Canadian research and practice on combining work and eldercare. The report includes an overview of current knowledge, identification of emerging issues and a discussion of implications connecting research to policy and practice.

This project represents a meaningful and productive partnership between the University of Guelph, the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being and Homewood Health. Its goal is to examine recent Canadian research and practice in order to comprehensively explore the following four themes associated with the topic of combining the demands of paid work with those of providing eldercare:

• Gender, work and eldercare

• The needs of employed eldercare providers and their workplaces

• Employee assistance programs (EAPs) and other organizationally-based family-friendly programs/policies

• Work and bereavement

The project report addresses each theme in turn, beginning with a basic overview of what we already know, what issues are currently emerging, and what implications can be drawn by connecting research to policy and practice. It brings together quantitative, qualitative, and experiential knowledge obtained from the academic literature and government reports, from other researchers, from practitioners, and from employed eldercare providers themselves into a systematic review of the topic.

The final report, funded by Homewood Foundation and the University of Guelph is available in our Resources section.



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