MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 20, 2016 /CNW/ - Carers Canada is encouraged by the Federal Government's strong commitment to home care with their proposed investment of $6 billion. The targeted funding would make a significant impact on the health and well-being of carers (family caregivers) who provide over 70 per cent of home support services for individuals with chronic, long-term conditions.
There are over 8 million Canadians who have taken on a caring role for a loved one, family or friend. The aging population, growing dependency ratio, cost constraints and rising demand on our health care system, and changing family units are increasing the likelihood that an individual will assume the role of family caregiver.
As our population ages, the number of older adults with a frailty who want to stay in their own home is increasing. Carers – family, friends and neighbours – are stepping up to provide care and fill the gap in our publicly funded health care system. For many carers, this can mean juggling their work, personal and caring responsibilities, often at the cost of their emotional, physical and financial status.
"Providing care can be enriching and rewarding. But carers must have access to necessary support so they are not stretched to the breaking point." stated Anthony Milonas, COO CBI Health Group and Signatory Partner of Carers Canada. "Home care programs are designed to complement the care provided by carers – to provide them with the relief and support they rightfully deserve."
A family caregiver's support and compassion enables care recipients to avoid unnecessary hospital visits or premature admission to long-term care facilities. The federal government's commitment to more and better home care through targeted investments will support to the millions of Canadians who play a vital role in enabling seniors to remain safely at home with dignity and quality of life.
Carers Canada encourages all governments to work together to meeting the needs of our aging and vulnerable populations, along with their carers.
About Carers Canada
Carers Canada (formally known as Canadian Caregiver Coalition), established in 2000, is an alliance of diverse partner organizations that work collectively, and autonomously, to identify and respond to the needs of carers in Canada. Carers Canada's mission is to enhance the quality of life for carers through synergistic partnerships and global advocacy that strengthens and honors the voice of carers.
SOURCE Carers Canada
For further information: Catherine Suridjan, Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations Lead, Carers Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org