Presentation on theme: "Caregiver Policy Lens (CGPL) Dr. Penny MacCourt “Supporting Caregivers of Older Adults” B.C. Psychogeriatric Association 2011."— Presentation transcript:
Caregiver Policy Lens (CGPL) Dr. Penny MacCourt “Supporting Caregivers of Older Adults” B.C. Psychogeriatric Association 2011
Goals of presentation To introduce the Caregiver Policy Lens (CGPL) How and why the CGPL was developed Explore the CGPL Discuss ways you can use the CGPL How to use the CGPL with the Service Provider Resource Guide (SPRG)
What is the CGPL? A resource to identify unintended negative effects of policies and programs on caregivers, and to provide a common framework to develop and critique policy Generated from the perspective of caregivers of older adults, including those that provide services to them Developed through a contribution from the Government of Canada
What is the CGPL? A series of 11 main questions, with a list of sub-questions, organized as a checklist Questions designed to be answered with yes/no/don’t know/need more information Responses then scored Creation of an action plan
What is the CGPL? These questions are designed to: Increase awareness about caregivers’ needs Identify unintended negative effects of policies on caregivers Promote the inclusion of the caregivers of seniors. Intended audience: policy makers and analysts, program managers, educators, service providers, researchers, caregiver advocates and organizations
Purpose of Using the CGPL To frame development of programs and policies that value and support caregivers of older Canadians To critique proposed policies and programs for potential unintended negative effects on caregivers To assess policies or programs’ promotion of caregivers’ well-being To identify gaps in current policies, programs and activities that affect caregivers To guide studies of the impact of programs on caregivers To develop a policy response to an issue or need
How do you use the CGPL? Can be used for as an analytical tool (to systematically examine in detail a policy, program or practice). Can be used as a process tool (to bring people together and generate discussion).
Development of the CGPL Spoke with close to 300 interested parties across Canada Front line service providers, program managers, administrators, policy analysts/developers, non-profit organizations, advocates, academics, health educators, caregivers Targeted literature review of existing literature, assessments and policy
Key Components of the CGPL Overview of Canadian Caregivers Background development and benefits of using the CGPL Summary of CGPL questions CGPL instrument Creating an action plan Appendix One: Challenges in obtaining support identified by caregivers Appendix Two: Values, principles and key concepts underpinning the CGPL
Benefits of Using the CGPL Increased awareness of the value of caregiving, and the challenges caregivers experience. Development of policies and programs that integrate and reflect caregivers’ values and concerns.
Benefits of Using the CGPL A consistent approach to developing/evaluating programs and policies that promotes: An interdisciplinary, inter-jurisdictional and cross- sectoral approach Information sharing regarding policies and programs Increased sensitivity to issues affecting caregivers Partnerships in identifying and meeting the needs of Canadian caregivers Less duplication and fewer gaps A society that values and supports caregiving
Using the CGPL Can be used as a tool for analysis (to examine, in detail, a specific policy or program) A residential care organization is using the CGPL to assess intake policies to evaluate specific needs of mental health admissions, and to help develop a collaborative decision-making model for potential changes to admission policy
Using the CGPL Can be used as a process tool (to generate discussion and ideas) A provincial research center is using the CGPL to ensure their development of on- line resources for senior caregivers identifies key needs, perspectives, and challenges facing caregivers of older adults
Using the CGPL Focus flexible: can use several or all questions to guide analysis/process A national non-profit advocacy group is using several of the CGPL questions to shape their long-term strategic planning for service delivery supporting caregivers caring for a disease-specific population
Incorporating the Service Provider Resource Guide A ‘companion’ resource for front-line service providers, program managers, administrators, health educators, advocates, and anyone interested in strengthening caregiver resiliency through service provision.
Incorporating the Service Provider Resource Guide The Service Provider Resource Guide is a comprehensive document that includes: A review of Caregiver Assessment Tools A review of Caregiver Interventions Issues in Ongoing Case Management A directory of Federal and Provincial Economic Security Policies to Support Caregivers A directory of Federal and Provincial Non- Profit Resources
Why use the SPRG? Practical tools and resources to address gaps identified through application of the CGPL Increased knowledge of issues affecting caregivers Increased ability to identify, clarify, and solve issues that affect caregiver resiliency Increased knowledge of system stressors in providing attention and resources to caregivers Access to evidence informed support thereby increasing service provider resiliency
How to integrate both resources The organization using the CGPL to assess intake policies to evaluate needs of mental health admissions and to help develop a collaborative decision-making model for potential changes to admission policy is also Using the SPRG resources to address issues and/or gaps identified through CGPL application
Resources Website: caregivertoolkit.cacaregivertoolkit.ca CD and print formats of the resources For more information, please contact: Dr. Penny MacCourt email@example.com@shaw.ca 1.250.756.2529 Marian Krawczyk firstname.lastname@example.org@sfu.ca 1.250.400.2444