The International Alliance of Carers Organizations (IACO), supported by Novartis, has launched a first-of-its-kind study examining the role and impact of heart failure caregiving. Findings reveal that despite the important influence caregivers have on the quality of life of heart failure patients, there is a significant unmet need for caregiver resources and support. The report studied carers in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
IACO has released a global carers toolkit intended to foster the development and expansion of the infrastructure needed to support carers and the people for whom they care in countries around the world. The toolkit covers a wide range of topics drawing on the expertise of the carer nonprofits in the IACO member nations and other global examples of carer supports. The toolkit was funded by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Topics include: Starting a National Carer Organization, Creating a Strategic Plan, Communication and Carer Organizations, Impact of Caring on the Carers’ Health, Caring and Employment, Young Carers, Rural Carers, Assessment of Carer Needs, Respite Care, Adult Day Services, Technology and Carers, and End-of-Life Issues Faced by Carers.
To learn more and download the toolkit, click here.
Our Commitment to Carers
Once seen as a personal and private matter in family life, unpaid caregiving has become one of the most important social and economic policy issues worldwide. IACO members are working collaboratively and independently to raise awareness of carers, identify and disseminate best practices and enhance carer well-being. Together we will:
Facilitate international advocacy
to advance programs, policies, and legislation that support caregiver well-being.
of the role and needs of carers as an international issue.
Promote the sharing
of best practices in caregiving programs between countries.
Encourage and provide assistance
to countries interested in developing family carer organizations.
The terms caregiver, family caregiver and carer are used interchangeably by IACO members.
For more information, contact Rick Greene, IACO c/o National Alliance for Caregiving, Washington, DC USA email@example.com+1 301-718-8444.