[Brampton] On November 19th, 87 local residents were honoured by the Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) as Heroes in the Home for improving the lives of those who are limited by age, illness or disability.
Nominees and guests gathered in Brampton to acknowledge caregivers both formal and informal for their efforts to help others maintain their health, independence and safety at home.
"The Heroes in the Home program gives us an opportunity to recognize the immeasurable role that caregivers play," said Cathy Hecimovich, Chief Executive Officer, Central West CCAC. "Whether they are family members, friends, volunteers, or health care professionals, each of our heroes has greatly impacted the lives of those they serve. It is an honour for us to acknowledge their efforts."
This is the third year the CCAC has offered the recognition program. This year 125 residents were nominated from across the Central West region, bringing the number of caregivers acknowledged to date to 365. A second event is planned for December 3rd to honour heroes in the Caledon area for their contributions.
- The Central West CCAC launched its Heroes in the Home program in 2012. To date, 365 heroes in our community have been acknowledged.
- Over 8 million Canadians aged 15 years and older provide care to a chronically ill or disabled friend or loved one (Statistics Canada)
- The economic value of the care provided by caregivers is estimated at $6-9 billion of unpaid labour every year (The Canadian Caregiver Coalition)
About the Central West CCAC
The Central West CCAC helps ensure people have the health care and support they need to remain safe and independent for as long as possible. We are privileged to help people come home from hospital, live independently, and, when appropriate, transition into long- term care. Our care coordinators are regulated health professionals – nurses, physiotherapists, and others – with additional, specialized training in coordinating care across the health system. Last year, we served more than 35,000 patients at home, in school, and through the three hospitals located in our community. The Central West CCAC is funded by the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
We invite you to visit us on the web at www.healthcareathome.ca/centralwest and follow us on Twitter: @CWCCAC.
Laura Glynn, Manager of Communications Central West CCAC
905-796-0040, ext. 2268