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Older caregivers report unprecedented and unrelenting levels of responsibility, stress and isolation due to COVID-19 and pandemic-related protocols. (Shutterstock)

Older caregivers struggling with extra burdens of home care during COVID-19

Older adults who are caregivers to someone with a health condition or disability report severe and unrelenting levels of stress and isolation during COVID-19 due to pandemic-related protocols.
Mike Keller, a 13-year old boy with autism, uses a keyboard and iPad to communicate with his mother, Lori Mitchell-Keller. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

COVID-19 means a lot more work for families of children with disabilities, but schools can help

Some parents of kids with disabilities are doubling as specialized teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists and psychologists during the pandemic.
About one-third of Canada’s workforce are also caregivers, most often to aging parents or parents-in-law. (Shutterstock)

COVID-19’s silver lining? Creating a caregiver-friendly work culture

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.
When daycares and schools closed during the pandemic, it caused burdens for working parents, particularly mothers. What is the responsibility of organizations to employees with children struggling with child care issues? (Christopher Ryan/Unsplash)

Employers should help workers struggling with child care during COVID-19

COVID-19 has spotlighted structural injustice inherent in child care in Canada. Organizational leaders have a responsibility to work together, with child care stakeholders, to redress this injustice.

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