Canadian Caregiver Coalition commends government of Nova Scotia for allowance to aid caregivers

    OTTAWA, Aug. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Caregiver Coalition (CCC)
commends the government of Nova Scotia for implementing a program of financial
assistance to families who voluntarily look after someone with a disability or
a chronic illness.
    "By providing an allowance of $400 per month to eligible family
caregivers, the government of Nova Scotia is helping to relieve some of the
financial toll that is incurred when families undertake to care for their
loved ones in the home setting," said Nadine Henningsen, CCC President. "The
government's recognition of the critical need for programs that will help to
ease the financial burden placed on caregivers is an important component of
the CCC's proposed framework for a national caregiving strategy."
    Family caregivers provide care and assistance for spouses, children,
parents and other extended family members who are in need of support because
of age, disabling medical conditions, chronic injury, long term illness or
disability. Family caregivers are the invisible backbone of the health and
long term care system in Canada.
    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. Twenty-five percent of caregivers report that their employment
situation has been affected by their caregiving responsibilities. This
translates to decreased income for individuals and lost productivity,
absenteeism and loss of excellent human capital within the workforce.
    The government of Nova Scotia has demonstrated its recognition of this
important social issue. The Canadian Caregiver Coalition urges all provinces
and territories to follow suit.

    About the Canadian Caregiver Coalition

    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, Canadian
Caregiver Coalition, (613) 569-1585; For more information -

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