Supporting Informal End-of-Life Caregivers in British Columbia

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Date created: 
2014-04-01
Identifier: 
etd8282
Keywords: 
Informal caregiving
End-of-life care
Palliative care
Death and dying
Home support
Home and community care
Abstract: 

There is an increasing desire amongst Canada’s elderly to be supported to die at home. Families are vital in ensuring this, yet policies focused on end-of-life care do not address how to meet their needs. This study explores why informal family caregivers in British Columbia have inadequate access to end-of-life care resources, and proposes solutions to address problematic issues. A discourse analysis of provincial end-of-life policies, case studies of practice within the local health area of Vancouver-City Centre, and interviews with informal caregivers identified key problem areas. Four policy options for government consideration were designed and evaluated: increasing the availability and extent of publicly funded formal home support; providing a single point of contact; increasing the frequency and reach of family meetings; and creating local, community-based services. Providing a single point of contact for families and seniors, such as a patient navigator, is recommended as one approach to better assist informal caregivers in providing end-of-life care at home.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Copyright remains with the author. The author granted permission for the file to be printed and for the text to be copied and pasted.
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Supervisor(s): 
Judith Sixsmith
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: School of Public Policy
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.P.P.
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