Welcome to the Caring for Caregivers Resource Centre

This resource centre is the result of a Saint Elizabeth Health Care study, funded by Echo: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario, to identify promising practices for caregiver education and support programs. This site gives providers of these programs easy access to practical, evidence-based resources, tools and knowledge-exchange opportunities to help them effectively meet the needs of caregivers.

Where we started

After a literature review and in-depth discussions with caregivers, Saint Elizabeth researchers identified 5 promising practices and 20 indicators of effective programs, and identified 8 programs that demonstrate the various indicators in action.

Meeting all 20 indicators – a tough job!

We recognize that it is hard for one organization or program to meet all 20 indicators. Providers of caregiver education and support now have access to a database to help them identify partner programs to supplement the support they are receiving.

Visit one of the areas below to get started.

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Promising Practice Indicators
(Self Audit Tool)

  • Learn about the promising practice indicators
  • Assess which indicators your program currently meets
  • Figure out your program’s strengths and gaps
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Examples of Education and Support Programs

  • Learn about what others are doing to meet the indicators
  • Find out what caregivers have to say
  • Add your program to the repository
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What's New?

  • Access caregiver support resources
  • View the reports from the Echo‑funded study


A discussion forum is under development to facilitate the sharing of ideas. In the meantime, we invite you to engage in a dialogue with other program providers by adding your questions, comments, or ideas to the Disqus comment boxes at the bottom of each webpage.

About Us

Three goals guide the work of the Caring for Caregivers Resource Centre: Facilitate Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration, Build Capacity, and Improve Access to Evidence-Based Knowledge.

  1. Facilitate Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration
    • Provide a forum to allow programs currently or interested in offering education and support for caregivers to share resources, evidence-based knowledge, best and promising practices, and innovations in caring for caregivers.
    • Facilitate collaborations among organizations or programs to develop more comprehensive education and support programs to better meet the needs of caregivers
  2. Build Capacity
    • Provide expertise, coaching, and support to identify and fill gaps, leverage and expand existing networks, facilitate collaboration among support programs, implement evidence-based knowledge, and improve the capacity of programs providing caregiver education and support to adopt knowledge exchange practices.
  3. Improve Access to Evidence-Based Knowledge
    • Make available a wide variety of resources related to caring for caregivers, including research studies, best and promising practices, and innovations in caring for caregivers.
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