Remarkable 'Heroes in the Home' honoured for excellent caregiving

OTTAWA, May 6 /CNW/ - A remarkable group of Ottawa citizens were recognized with 'Heroes in the Home' Caregiver Recognition Awards at a special ceremony last evening.

In all, 134 individuals across Eastern Ontario are being honoured by the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) for their selfless commitment. These tireless individuals work in partnership with the Champlain CCAC to ensure that health and home care is provided to those in need. The awards are presented to individuals - including family members, friends, volunteers and health care professionals - whose kindness and commitment allows others to live full lives in their communities, despite the limitations of age, illness or disability.

A study released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information last year looked at more 130,000 seniors who received long-term home care. The study found that virtually all (98%) of these home care clients also relied on an informal caregiver—a spouse, adult child, friend or neighbour who provided emotional support along with assistance in daily living activities, from shopping, transportation and medication management to bathing, dressing and feeding.

"It is very obvious that caregivers play a vital role in the delivery of health care in our region and we couldn't do what we do at the CCAC without them," noted Gilles Lanteigne, Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain CCAC. "In fact, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition estimates that 4 to 5 million Canadians are providing care for a family member with long-term health problems, and these caregivers save our public system more than $5 billion dollars in unpaid labour every year."

"Often, our lives become so busy that we tend to overlook those who play an important role in the lives of others, whether it is tending to basic needs, offering companionship or just lifting someone's spirits," added Lynn Graham, Champlain CCAC Board Chair. "That is why it is so important that we take the time to honour our real life heroes."

Ceremonies will also be held on May 10 in Pembroke and on May 12 in Cornwall.

About the Champlain CCAC

The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is the second largest health service provider in the Champlain LHIN with a budget of approximately $182 million and 660 staff. It serves more than 52,000 clients annually across our region.

The Champlain CCAC provides a single point of access to health and personal support services to help people live independently in their homes or to facilitate their transition into a long-term care home. The CCAC plans, coordinates and ensures the delivery of a full-range of in home and community-based services to support clients and their caregivers. In addition, the CCAC provides clients with information and connects clients to alternate sources of care in the community.

SOURCE Champlain Community Care Access Centre

For further information:

Suzanne Charest
Senior Communications Manager
Champlain CCAC
Phone: 613-745-8124 ext. 5997
Cell: 613-864-3925
E-mail: suzanne.charest@champlain.ccac-ont.ca

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