Invitation to participate in research - 'The Caring Life History Project'

Do you have a story to tell about caring for others?

  • Participate in a study that honours the life stories and memories of diverse (past or present) care providers.
  • The aim is to tell new stories about care and the limits of caring in Ontario.

Who is invited to participate?

  • People with experiences reaching their limits in a direct/daily care responsibility or position in Ontario. … AND/OR

  • People with experiences renegotiating or stepping back from a direct/daily care responsibility or position in Ontario in some way, for example, by sharing responsibility, opting out, or finding other supports for the person/people being supported.

As a former care worker, I am interested in learning about people’s experiences with diverse forms of care (e.g., paid, unpaid, family, volunteer, private/companion, etc.) in diverse settings (e.g., homes, group homes, long-term care facilities, social service agencies, L’Arche communities, etc.). I am excited to speak with past or present care providers (e.g., PSWs, live-in carers, direct care nurses, support workers, spouses, parents or family members, etc.) who have stories to tell about the limits of care.

What is involved?

The study involves participating in at least one confidential interview of approximately two hours. In the ‘life history’ interview(s), you will be invited to share your memories of caring. (Interviews can be conducted in person, by phone or by Skype. You will receive a $25.00 gift card to a coffee shop as a token of thanks. The study is voluntary; you may withdraw at any time during the interviews and up to 90 days after the interviews.)

How can you find out more?

For more information on “The Caring Life History Project,” contact Janna Klostermann, a former care provider and PhD student in Carleton University’s Department of Sociology:

The ethics protocol for this project has been reviewed and cleared by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board (#109030). If you have any ethical concerns with the study, please contact Dr. Bernadette Campbell, Chair, Carleton University Research Ethics Board-A (