We focus on practical research to inform us about what family caregivers need and how healthcare providers can support family caregivers.
Double-duty caregivers are family caregivers who are employed in the healthcare field while also providing unpaid care outside of work (to a family member, chosen family, friend, or neighbour). In this survey and follow-up interviews, we wanted to understand the impact of the dual formal care roles—as a healthcare provider at work and a family caregiver at home.
When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020, many of the support that had been available to support family caregivers at home closed or moved online. Family caregivers were locked out of congregate care settings such as group homes, seniors’ apartments, lodges, supportive living, and long-term care.
This survey was done in July 2020 to understand what was happening to family caregivers.