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Social Inclusion of Informal Caregivers in Elliot Lake
J.E. Sherman, S.A. Lacarte, and P.E. Timony

Informal caregivers may have lower levels of access to and participation in economic, recreational, volunteer, civic or other social activities that contribute to their own wellbeing. Providers of informal care may be seniors and/or recipients of care themselves, multiplying the challenges that they face toward full and active participation. The City of Elliot Lake in northeastern Ontario is well-known for its successful transformation from a former mining community into a thriving retirement community, and provides for an excellent case study of informal caregiving.


In the first phase of this project, a scoping study was conducted to review available information on social inclusion of seniors and caregivers in Elliot Lake. The second phase focused on informal caregivers, and described their experience of social inclusion or exclusion, perceptions of supports and barriers to social participation, and perceived unmet needs. The project identified effective practices for the social inclusion of informal caregivers, and identified issues for public policy and program consideration.

(funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)

Link to Report (First Phase):
Social Inclusion of Seniors and Informal Caregivers in Elliot Lake: A Scoping Study

Link to Report (Second Phase):
Social Inclusion of Seniors and Informal Caregivers in Elliot Lake,
Phase II: Experiences of Informal Caregivers



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)