Family caregivers of all ages deserve recognition and support
Across the province, over 3 million people provide supports for family members facing illness, disability, or challenges related to aging. But their contributions often go unrecognized. On April 4, Community & Primary Health Care (CPHC) and
the Ontario Caregiver Coalition (OCC) are celebrating Family Caregiver Day by unmasking these invisible heroes of the health care system… and their faces may surprise you.
This year, three generations of caregivers – each with their own challenges – are being highlighted:
- Young careers: Over 500,000 family caregivers in Ontario are between 15 and 24 years old.
- ‘Sandwich’ generation caregivers, who provide care for both their aging parents and their own children.
- Elderly caregivers: Nearly 375,000 caregivers in Ontario are 65 years or older.
Family Caregiver Day (April 4) aims to raise awareness about the importance of family caregivers in Ontario. “It’s an opportunity to challenge some of the pre-existing ideas Ontarians may have about unpaid caregivers, to thank them for their work, and to highlight some of the ways we can support caregivers so they can continue to provide care to their loved ones,” says Lisa Levin, Chair of the OCC.
On a provincial level, the OCC is advocating for increased investment in respite services and a provincial dementia strategy, as well as collaboration with the federal government to ensure that tax benefits, employment insurance and job-protected leave are available to all caregivers.
CPHC is dedicated to caregiver wellness, and offers a vibrant, caring and practical support system to caregivers and their families throughout Lanark, Leeds & Grenville. Caregivers can access Support and Counseling, Caregiver Information, Education & Training, compassionate and flexible In Home Respite Services and Adult Day Services. “You don’t have to do it alone!”
All Ontarians are invited to celebrate Family Caregiver Day and thank a family caregiver in their lives by signing the thank-you card at www.ontariocaregivercoalition.ca
or using the hashtag #thxcaregivers.
Manager, Caregiver Support and Community Programs
1-800-465-7646 extension 2303
Coordinator, Ontario Caregiver Coalition (OCC)