Canadian Caregiver Coalition calls on all federal parties to support family caregivers

    OTTAWA, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC)
congratulates Jack Layton, leader federal NDP, for recognizing the challenges
faced by an estimated 4-5 million family caregivers across the country. In
announcing his commitment to invest in home care, Layton described the many
issues facing Canadians who try to balance work and caregiving for a family
member who is in need of support because of age, disabling medical conditions,
chronic injury, long term illness or disability.
    Family caregivers are the invisible and hidden backbone of the health and
long term care system in Canada contributing over $5 billion dollars of unpaid
care. 23% of Canadians report caring for a family member or close friend with
a serious health problem in the last 12 months.
    Canadians from all walks of life struggle to balance work, family and
caregiving responsibilities; and with the existing health human resource
shortages and a growing aging population, the demands on family caregivers
will increase. 25% of caregivers report that their employment situation has
been affected by their caregiving responsibilities. This translates to lost
productivity, absenteeism and loss of excellent human capital within the
    The absence of public policy regarding family caregiving is a serious
omission in Canada's social framework and requires urgent attention.
    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition calls on all parties in the Federal
election to commit to providing meaningful support for family caregivers. This
means that upon forming the government, there would be adoption of a
comprehensive Canadian Caregiving Strategy which includes:

    1. Recognition of the importance of family caregiving in policy, practice
       and legislation
    2. Provision of comprehensive caregiver support which includes financial
       measures, services for caregivers based on their assessed needs, and
       flexible work environments for those caregivers who are also employed
    3. Research to enable evidence based decision making.

    The Canadian Caregiver Coalition is a diverse group of national and
provincial 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, President CCC, (613)
569-1585; Canadian Caregiver Coalition,

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