Erie St. Clair, ON – 85 caregivers were honoured and their inspirational stories were shared at the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre's (CCAC) second annual Heroes in the Home caregiver recognition events. The Heroes recognized included family members, loved ones, dedicated health professionals, neighbours and friends. Caregivers from across the region were nominated through an online submission form and were subsequently invited to attend a gathering at one of the three locations held in their honour.
All nominated caregivers were invited to attend one of three events held across the Erie St. Clair region. (Chatham- Tuesday, November 4th, Sarnia -Wednesday, November 5th, Windsor- Thursday, November 6th). Those in attendance were privy to the remarkable accounts of dedication and compassion as each Heroes nominee was recognized individually, provided with a small gift and a Heroes in the Home Award.
"I was truly inspired by the selfless dedication of caregivers in our communities and touched by their personal experiences" said the Erie St. Clair CCAC's Chief Executive Officer, Lori Marshall. "Taking on the responsibility of caregiving for a family member or friend often means balancing other competing demands of life, such as working at a paid job, raising children and maintaining personal relationships. Caregiver support often allows patients and loved ones to remain in their own homes for as long as possible" said Marshall. "We were honoured to have provided these Heroes with the recognition they deserve and to have taken the occasion to celebrate the care they provide".
According to a recent Statistics Canada Study, (Caregivers in Canada, 2012), over eight million Canadians provide selfless care to others through an informal (non-paid) caregiver role. This number is expected to increase over the next several years as the Canadian population ages. Some estimate that caregivers save the health system $25 billion annually (Ontario Caregiver Coalition) through the market value of their provision of care. They are a vital part of the health system that is often unrecognized. Caregiving by family and friends is often essential to maintaining the health and well-being of Canadians living with chronic health conditions, disabilities or aging needs.
The caregiving stories that were shared provided a glimpse into the important care that these Heroes provide and the joy they bring to the lives of those they care for. John Tomlinson, a 2014 Hero in the Home award recipient was moved by the event. "It was a very humbling experience to share an award program with other caregivers, many of whom had shown great dedication, and sacrifice, for an extended period of time. As with last year, one comes away from the 'Heroes' event with more insight into the needs in a community, which has issues of disability, and aging, in particular. These needs must be met, to assist care givers in providing support to their loved ones" said Tomlinson.
The Erie St. Clair CCAC is looking forward to continuing the celebration for caregivers with the 2015 Heroes in the Home caregiver recognition events scheduled to be held again next fall. For more information, please visit thepowerofcaregiving.ca
For more information, please contact:
Director of Public Affairs & Communications
Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre
Tel: 1-888-310-8881 x. 7230