“Five million Canadians are caring for a loved one with long-term health problems, and for one-quarter of them, that’s a full-time job on top of work and other family responsibilities.”

As reported on Canada.com, this information is the result of a study on senior caregiving and the impact on family and friends, as well as employers whose staff have to leave work to care for a loved one.

With the rapidly ageing population around the world, there will be a tremendous increase in the need for family members to need care.    Many countries are investigating ways in which social funds can be directed to individuals so they can decide what care they want, when they want it and who they want to help them – helping to lift the financial if not the physical and mental challenge of care giving.