This year, Ontario increased supports for people caring for their loved ones at home in Mississauga, by increasing access to respite services for over 400 local families.
Today — on National Family Caregiver Day — MPP Damerla is thanking people in Mississauga for the work they do every day to care for their loved ones. A caregiver is someone who takes on the unpaid role of helping a family member or loved one with their physical or cognitive condition, injury or chronic life-limiting illness.
Investments from the province have allowed the Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) to expand their in-home respite services to families in Mississauga. These much-needed supports enable carers to temporarily step away from their caregiving responsibilities to focus on their own health and wellbeing. Carers return from respite breaks with refreshed strength and focus, helping them to continue safely caring for a loved one at home.
Robert’s Story: “For eight years, I've been a caregiver to my wife who has Alzheimer's. In recent years, the disease progressed and I was not able to leave her alone for more than ten minutes. Before we started receiving in-home respite supports through the Mississauga Halton CCAC, I found it hard to do any running around, and I had to give up volunteering in the community. I was scared to be away for too long. My care coordinator, who is absolutely wonderful by the way, helped me create a schedule where I had time to myself every other day; some days my wife goes to a day program, other days a respite worker comes to our house and reads to her. I used to be so nervous to leave my wife alone, but now I can do what I need to do outside of the house and not worry as much. I know everything is under control. My wife has really bonded with her support workers, and I'm finally able to take short breaks. We'll never get back to normalcy, but this helps a little. It's such a great thing for both of us."
Ontario’s support has allowed for approximately 600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers across the province this year.
Supporting patients and their caregivers is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. This plan is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.
“Improving home and community care is one of our government’s most important health care priorities. Informal caregivers, like family members and friends, contribute to more than seventy per cent of their loved ones’ caregiving needs, and we know how stressful that can be. We want to ensure caregivers are supported and able to take rests from providing care to their loved ones.”
“Care for the caregiver is often forgotten. I am pleased that we are increasing respite services for caregivers here in Mississauga.”
— Dipika Damerla, MPP, Mississauga East-Cooksville
"Supporting 400 more local families with respite care will ensure that unpaid caregivers can focus on their own health and well-being even while they take care of their loved ones during infirmity and serious illness. It's another way our government is helping to build a more fair and compassionate Ontario."
--MPP Amrit Mangat, Mississauga--Brampton South
“We know that many caregivers are overwhelmed and exhausted. Caregiver respite programs are providing services and supports that enable caregivers to care for their loved ones and also take care of themselves. These are important steps towards strengthening home and community care for patients. Caregiver respite programs in the Mississauga Halton LHIN have been honoured in 2016 with the Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Health Quality and Safety and the National 3M Health Care Quality Team Award both recognizing the fundamental role caregivers play in our health care system and the need to support and empower them.”
— Bill MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer, Mississauga Halton LHIN
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