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
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:
Rosanne Meandro, Media Relations & Communications, Alzheimer Society of Ontario
(On behalf of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition)