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Home Care Ontario observes Family Caregiver Day in Ontario

by Home Care Ontario | Apr 04, 2017

Home Care Ontario pays tribute to the estimated 3.3 million men and women in Ontario who provide unpaid care for a family member, a friend or a neighbour and are known as family caregivers.  These individuals typically undertake their responsibilities willing as they are intrinsically motivated to care for others.

Family caregivers are integral to providing care in the home and with the rising numbers of people receiving home care and the complexity of need escalating, the demand on families is increasing.  Ninety-seven percent of adults receiving publicly funded home care have at least one family caregiver also providing care to them in their homes.

Home Care Ontario is proud to be a founding member of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition (OCC), and to have worked alongside the Coalition to support passage of a bill to increase recognition and awareness of family caregivers by proclaiming the first Tuesday of every April as Family Caregiver Day in Ontario, aligning with National Family Caregiver Day.

Home Care Ontario continues to encourage the Government to increase the amount and flexibility of home care services and respite opportunities for families.  This is critical to sustaining families as they balance work, child rearing and family caregiving responsibilities.

 

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