2016 CAHSPR Conference

Carole Ann Alloway and Sara Shearkhani, co-founders of Family Caregivers Voice, presented at the 2016 CAHSPR conference on the topic of caregiver engagement. The panel discussion was designed by Health Quality Ontario. Carole Ann and Sara presented with representatives from HQO, The Change Foundation, CCAC, and Saint Elizabeth Health Care. The panel was very informative and well received. Read more →

Shedding New Light by The Change Foundation

“In March 2015, The Change Foundation formally released Out of the Shadows and Into the Circle, it’s 2015-2020 strategic plan focused on improving the experiences of family caregivers in the Ontario health care system and their interactions with health providers…. As part of this process, Sara Shearkhani worked with The Change Foundation to complete a literature review to summarize and… Read more →


Speaking at Connecting Caregiver Workshop

  Carole Ann and I presented at Connecting Caregiver Workshop on March 10th held by The Regional Municipality of York, Community and Health Department at the Kingsbridge Conference Centre & Institute. We spoke on Stages of Caregiving. The presentation well received. I got very emotional talking to distressed family caregivers. Some looked physically and emotionally exhausted. I was moved by… Read more →

My Caregiver Journal

I am part of what’s known as the “sandwich generation”. I am responsible for bringing up my own two children and for the care of my aging in-laws. This is not an easy task. Five and a half years ago, while 9 months pregnant with my first child, my father in law was hospitalized for what we now know was a… Read more →

Update by Carole Ann

It’s been a busy couple of months!  I am on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Patient and Caregiver Advisory Table.  This is a 3 year commitment and is part of the Ministry’s Roadmap initiative.  We have met twice and raising patient and caregiver issues is welcome and encouraged.  The response by the ministry staff has been very… Read more →

In Sickness and In Health

When Carole Ann and Bill Alloway both retired from Ontario Hydro in 2002, they had big dreams for their retirement, including exotic vacations and plenty of time to spend with their grandchildren. Instead, the couple spent five years virtually confined to their home, with Carole, 65, acting as caregiver for Bill, 70, who underwent a series of ankle-related surgeries due… Read more →