Ontario Caregiver Coalition supports election promises for caregivers

Is Ontario finally heading in the right direction for caregiver support?

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - With just a week to go, the Ontario election is making history. All three major parties (Liberals, New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservatives) have named policies in their election platforms to support caregivers. The Ontario Caregiver Coalition (OCC) applauds these policies. Public recognition and support of caregivers is long overdue.

Today, one in five Ontarians is a caregiver and provides the majority of ongoing care to seniors, adults and children living with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions so they can remain in their own homes and communities longer. Caregivers give so much of themselves emotionally, physically and financially.

Caregivers also contribute significantly to the Canadian economy, saving the healthcare system up to $31 billion annually - that's more than $30.5 billion Exxon Mobile reported in profits this year.

With shifting demographics, economic uncertainty and rising healthcare costs, it's time that Ontario's decision-makers take notice of caregivers' valuable contribution.

The OCC is committed to working with all political parties to improve the policies put forward to ensure they benefit caregivers in most need.

About the Ontario Caregiver Coalition
The Ontario Caregiver Coalition's focus is to advance the interests of caregivers in the province. It is a group of diverse organizations that work to raise the profile of caregivers and to promote public policy to support caregivers. Membership includes those from health charities, unions, academia, home health and community support agencies, and informal caregivers. To learn more, visit http://www.ccc-ccan.ca/content.php?doc=48

SOURCE Alzheimer Society of Canada

For further information:

Contact: 
Rosanne Meandro, Media Relations & Communications, Alzheimer Society of Ontario
(On behalf of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition)
Direct: 416-847-8920
rmeandro@alzheimeront.org


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