Health Council report recognizes caregiver burden



    OTTAWA, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Caregiver Coalition commends
the Health Council of Canada for recognizing the vital role of family
caregivers within home care. The report - Fixing the Foundation: An Update on
Primary Health Care and Home Care Renewal in Canada - specifically identifies
the toll on family and friends when there is not enough home care support.
    Citing a 2006 Pollara survey, the Health Council states that one-quarter
(26%) of Canadians said they had cared for a family member or close friend
with a serious health problem in the last 12 months. Further, 22% of these
people missed one or more months of work and 41% used personal savings in
order to provide caregiving support to a loved one.
    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition calls on all governments to recognize
the significant contribution of family caregivers to our health care services
and to implement strategies to offset the financial burden and provide access
to meaningful and relevant respite. An important first step would be for the
federal government to immediately establish an expert panel to examine
strategies to support family caregivers. The Coalition suggests that the panel
be tasked to provide its recommendations by the end of 2008.

    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is a diverse group of organizations from
across Canada that join with caregivers, service providers, policy makers and
other stakeholders to identify and respond to the needs of caregivers in
Canada.
    The vision of the Canadian Caregivers Coalition is a Canada that
recognizes and respects the integral role of family caregivers in society, and
supports this role with the understanding that it is not a substitute for
public responsibility in health and social care.




For further information:

For further information: Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, Canadian
Home Care Association, Coalitions Communication Partner, (613) 569-1585,
nhenningsen@cdnhomecare.ca

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