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
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
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