Senior Friendly Caregiver Education Project

Provincial Initiative

What is the Senior Friendly Caregiver Education Project?

To address the growing need for educational supports for caregivers, the RGPO launched the Senior Friendly Caregiver Education Project in 2018.

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and working in collaboration with caregivers across Ontario, the project team is currently developing the Caregiving Strategies Handbook: Providing Care and Support for a Senior Living with Frailty and an online course to support the diverse needs of caregivers of seniors living with frailty. These are expected to be available for caregivers in the Fall of 2019.

Who we Heard From?

To ensure the resources reflect the learning needs of caregivers, the project team organized facilitated focus group sessions with caregivers in 10 communities across Ontario. These sessions were conducted with the help of 78 trusted and skilled interprofessionals from the local RGPs for each area.

We listened to 133 caregivers as they responded to our questions, told their stories, and shared their caregiving experiences.

The facilitated focus group sessions were held in the following 10 communities:

  • Peterborough
  • Cobourg
  • Orillia
  • Kingston
  • London
  • Oshawa
  • Hamilton
  • Ottawa
  • Waterloo
  • Thunder Bay

For more information about the co-design methodology used and the results of these facilitated sessions, please refer to our report What We Heard from Caregivers Across Ontario.