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link • January 22, 2017

Let the Province help you

Did you know that can find extensive information about retirement living on the Government of Ontario’s website? Information that includes how to find and apply to a retirement home, the laws that govern them, eligibility requirements, services and facilities offered, their costs, how to further arrange care, and how to make a complaint.

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link • January 22, 2017

Intergovernmental Seniors Forum – read about what they do!

On September 13, 2016, Federal, Provincial and Territorial (F/P/T) Ministers Responsible for Seniors met in Vancouver, British Columbia. They agreed to support collaboration with other F/P/T tables to advance the interests of seniors. In particular, they discussed the importance of supporting seniors to receive home care, and the need for affordable housing options for seniors. They also agreed to move forward on priorities such as promoting social inclusion of seniors, and to disseminate an innovative toolkit designed to reduce social isolation and identify ways to better support the active participation of older Canadians in the economy and civil society.

This website has multiple links and resources!

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link • November 24, 2016

Family Caregiving: The Consequences According to Stats Can

Statistics Canada offers an informative report on family caregiving

This is an article written in September 2013 by Martin Turcotte for Statistics Canada.

Overview

What types of caregivers provide the most hours and kinds of care? Which ones are the most likely to experience various consequences associated with family caregiving? This article compares the different types of family caregivers, based on the relationship with their primary care receiver.

  • In 2012, 8 million Canadians, or 28% of the population aged 15 and over, provided care to family members or friends with a long-term health condition, a disability or problems associated with aging.
  • Among these family caregivers, 39% primarily cared for their father or mother, 8% for their spouse or partner, and 5% for their child. The remaining (48%) provided care to other family members or friends.
  • Among regular caregivers—those who spent at least 2 hours caregiving each week—38% of those who helped their child, 34% who helped their spouse and 21% who helped their parents reported feeling depressed. Those who cared for a spouse or child also reported more health and psychological problems, mainly because of the intensity of care provided.
  • Among regular caregivers, 28% who cared for a child and 20% who cared for a spouse experienced financial difficulties as a result of their caregiving responsibilities. This proportion was 7% among those who regularly helped their parents.
  • In 2012, 30% of caregivers of children received government financial assistance, compared with 14% of caregivers of spouses and 5% of caregivers of parents. However, 52% of caregivers of children, 42% of caregivers of spouses and 28% of caregivers of parents would have liked more help than they received.
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