Caregivers in Canada
Reprinted & Edited from the Financial Post
Unpaid caregivers provide nearly 75% of caregiving to the 93 percent of older Canadians living at home; (CMAJ, March 2019)
More than 55% of caregivers look for information regarding the medical condition of their care recipient (Teva, May 2018)
Almost a quarter of caregivers struggle to understand the treatment program and condition of the person they are caring for (Teva, May 2018)
45% of Canadian caregivers report distress caring for people with dementia; (CMAJ, March 2019)
The Caregivers’ Club documentary highlights the isolated world of caregivers and explores the lives of four Canadian families over the course of a year. It shadows their daily struggles caring for relatives with dementia and the challenges experienced by many Canadian caregivers. The struggles that caregivers face could be the same for anyone, anywhere in the world.
In Canada, there are more than 8.1 million people providing care to a family member or friend. According to findings from the Canadian Carers Pulse Survey (Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., May 2018), 69% of respondents reveal caregiving has taken a toll on their emotional health, while over half said it affected their physical health. Interestingly, 79% of respondents also think that the role of caregivers needs to be better recognized by pharmacists.
Teva Canada, part of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA), collaborated with the Canadian Caregiver Network (CCN) and its digital support solution for caregivers – Huddol – a web and mobile app that connects caregivers into a collaborative network to share and connect with peers. The combination of these efforts led to the development of the Caregiver Friendly Pharmacy program which includes accredited training for pharmacy teams and online resources that are further supported with a mapping tool that helps caregivers find a pharmacy in their local area that specializes in their needs.
After a multi-year research program based on input from more than 2,000 patients, caregivers, physicians and pharmacists, Teva Canada recognized the important role for pharmacists in caregiver self-care and empowerment and the need for a stronger support network between pharmacists and caregivers. Results determined that 83% of caregivers pick up medication for a loved one and that 78% of caregivers say the pharmacist is important in making them feel competent and confident in managing medication for the care recipient.
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Additional Teva Canada Research Findings:
- 62% of caregivers say caregiving has had an impact on their social life
- 56% of caregivers said caregiving has had an impact on their family life
- 50% of caregivers feel unheard and misunderstood by the people around them
- 49% of caregivers said caregiving has affected their relationship with their partner
- 45% of caregivers said they do not have anyone to speak to about their day-to-day experiences as a caregiver
- 25% of caregivers are unsure about the treatment program or condition of the person they are caring for, consistent with findings from previous research.
About Teva Canada Limited
Teva Canada Limited, headquartered in Toronto, has provided affordable healthcare solutions for over 50 years and nearly 250,0008 prescriptions filled with our products every day. Originally Novopharm Limited, Teva Canada Limited specializes in the development, production and marketing of high-quality generic prescription pharmaceuticals and through our branded division, Teva Canada Innovation, focuses on a diverse line of innovative products in a variety of therapeutic areas. Teva Canada markets more than 400 products in 1,000 SKUs9 in Canada and is a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drug maker. For more information, visit: www.tevacanada.com
About Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a global leader in generic medicines, with innovative treatments in select areas, including CNS, pain and respiratory. We deliver high-quality generic products and medicines in nearly every therapeutic area to address unmet patient needs. We have an established presence in generics, specialty, OTC and API, building on more than a century-old legacy, with a fully integrated R&D function, strong operational base and global infrastructure and scale. We strive to act in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Headquartered in Israel, with production and research facilities around the globe, we employ 43,000 professionals, committed to improving the lives of millions of patients. Learn more at: www.tevapharm.com
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