We Care implements program to acknowledge these unsung heroes
TORONTO, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - There are approximately seven million
Canadians currently tending to elderly loved ones that require care and
attention, and with an aging population this number is on the rise,
making the role of family caregiver an increasingly important one in
Recognizing that many families across Canada dedicate a tremendous
amount of time and energy caring for aging relatives or individuals
affected by debilitating conditions, illnesses and chronic diseases, We
Care Home Health Services is declaring the week of May 23, 2011 Family
Caregiver Appreciation Week, and implementing a program that will
acknowledge the tireless efforts of some of our most deserving
"We see firsthand the endless commitment and support that these
individuals provide to their loved ones, so we have started this
program as a way of giving back to those we know go above and beyond
their roles to help them live their lives," says President and CEO John
Schram, We Care Home Health Services. "The care and attention they
provide can be overwhelming, exhausting and stressful, and the role
often receives little formal recognition. We want that to change."
With more than 50 We Care locations across the country, each one will
nominate a select group of outstanding caregivers within the We Care
community. The nominees will have demonstrated caregiving excellence,
commitment and advocacy for care on behalf of their loved one. Then
one winner from each location will be chosen to receive free respite
care and a care package on behalf of We Care.
In an effort to generate continued awareness of family caregivers, We
Care is also in the preliminary stages of advocating for a national
Family Caregiver Appreciation Day. According to Schram, family
caregivers play a critical role in supporting the healthcare system,
and heightened awareness of their role in home health care is vital.
"As the Canadian population continues to age, we will see more and more
individuals being thrust into the position of caregiver to a friend or
family member," says Schram. "We want to ensure that they receive the
recognition they deserve, and know that there are a variety of options
available to them when it comes to assistance and relief."
About We Care
We Care Home Health Services, a leading national provider of in-home
care and support services with over 50 locations across Canada,
provides professional and compassionate care that allows seniors and
others to live independently in the comfort of their own homes. We
Care employs over 3,000 homecare staff and provides care in over 800
communities across Canada, and has received accreditation through
Accreditation Canada within all the regions in which it operates in.
For more information, visit www.wecare.ca.
SOURCE We Care Home Health Services
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