April 25, 2017 - Ontario is making it easier for people in Scarborough-Guildwood and across Ontario who care for loved ones, with more respite services that allow people to take a break from their unpaid duties, increased education and training opportunities for caregivers, and a new, streamlined Ontario Caregiver Tax Credit.
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, and Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced the new supports for family caregivers while visiting SPRINT Senior Care in Toronto.
Family caregivers are people who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend at home, including seniors, people living with dementia or those with other complex health needs. Being a family caregiver often means balancing this responsibility with others, such as caring for young children and work, which can cause physical, emotional and financial stress.
New supports being provided by the province include:
Making it easier for those who care for loved ones is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Caring for a loved one at the most difficult point in their life can be physically and mentally challenging. Through respite care funding, caregivers can receive personal support services or nursing at home, ensuring quality care while they take a moment to relax and recharge.” - Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
“Informal caregivers, like family members and friends, provide invaluable support for their loved ones every day, but we know how stressful it can be. We want to ensure caregivers are supported, able to take rests from providing care to their loved ones and have the opportunity to thrive.” - Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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