Support for Caregivers Making a Difference to Families in Brampton

Ontario Funding Respite Services to Help Families Care for Loved Ones

NEWS April 4, 2017


This year, Ontario increased access to respite services for Central West LHIN families,

including families in Brampton, by increasing supports for people who care for loved

ones at home.


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.

Today, on National Family Caregiver Day, Brampton Springdale MPP Harinder Malhi

thanks caregivers across Central West LHIN communities for the work they do to care

for their loved ones.


More specifically, these expanded supports have enabled the Central West Community

Care Access Centre (CCAC) to expand their services to families within the Central West

LHIN including Brampton.


Upon his return home, after an extended length of stay in hospital following

neurosurgery and rehabilitation, Mr. Vickress was waitlisted for home care services that

could provide important assistance and respite to his wife, who cares for him at home.

Tending to the very basic activities of daily living was a difficult task for his ageing

lifelong companion. Coping as best she could, Mrs. Vickress’ situation was



Additional provincial funding has enabled the Central West CCAC to provide patients

and caregivers like the Vickress’ with the supports needed to improve their overall health

and wellbeing. For Mrs. Vickress, assistance with activities associated with daily living

allowed her to take time for herself, giving her back the strength and energy to help her

husband deal with the challenges of recovery.


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.”

- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“Improving home and community care is an important health care priority for Brampton

families. Provincial support for informal caregivers, like family members and friends, has

helped to relieve some of the stress placed upon these individuals who provide

invaluable care to their loved ones. Today, on National Family Caregiver Day, we thank

family caregivers across Brampton for the work they do every day.”

- Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale


“Improving home and community care is an important health care priority for Brampton

West families. Informal caregivers, like family members and friends, provide significant

contributions to the caregiving needs of their loved ones. Expanded provincial supports

have ensured that these individuals can get the help they need, so as to help their

friends and loved ones in need. Thank you to the countless family caregivers across

Brampton West for the work they do every day.

- Vic Dhillon, MPP, Brampton West


“With a rapidly growing and ageing population, continued investment in and expansion of

Home and Community Care services is both relevant and appropriate in the Central

West LHIN. This investment has placed the needs of patients and their caregivers first

by helping to ensure LHIN residents receive high-quality, patient-centered care in the

comfort and familiarity of their homes and communities for as long as possible.” 

- Maria Britto, Board Chair, Central West LHIN


“The Central West CCAC serves one of the fastest-growing regions in the province with

one of the highest incidences of chronic disease in the country. With that comes

increased need to support people to remain healthy and independent in the community

and in their homes. This investment has helped us continue to provide care and support

to the region’s most complex and vulnerable patients, as well as their caregivers and


- Cathy Hecimovich, CEO, Central West CCAC



 Informal caregivers represent approximately one in five Ontarians.

 The province has invested $3.9M to better support caregivers across the Central


 Ontario invested $100 million last year to enhance support for home care clients with

high needs and their caregivers.

 The investment provided $80 million to support enhanced care for clients who are

most in need and $20 million for caregiver respite, allowing caregivers who need it

the most to take rests from providing care to their loved ones.

 Through consultations with people in Ontario and members of Ontario's Patient and

Caregiver Advisory Table, the province recently established a Statement of Home

and Community Care Values. This Statement reflects the needs and priorities of

home and community care clients and their caregivers and ensures their values are

reflected in the care they receive.  

 These initiatives support the commitments made in Patients First: A Roadmap to

Strengthen Home and Community Care.


 Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

 Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care

 Bringing Care Home

 Ontario’s Dementia Strategy

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