Don and Norma have been married for 61 years. For the past two years, Don has been providing total care for his wife. Between providing personal care for Norma, maintaining the house and keeping up the garden, Don gets very little time to himself.
Often unrecognized for their contributions, caregivers like Don play a crucial role in our health care system and our communities. For this reason, the Erie St. Clair CCAC was pleased to honour caregivers at our first annual
Heroes in the Home caregiver recognition events, held during the first week of November.
A light luncheon was held in each of our three regions – Chatham-Kent, Sarnia and Lambton County and Windsor and Essex County. Nominated caregivers along with their friends, families or patients were invited to the events, where they were honoured through the sharing of their unique caregiving story, provided with a certificate of recognition, a
Heroes in the Home pin and a long-stem rose.
The caregiver stories gave a glimpse into not only the care that these
Heroes provide, but the joy they bring to the lives of those they care for. Bringing these caregivers together fostered a sense of community among them. "It was very heartfelt, uplifting and positive to hear such great feedback and to hear how many people are doing such great, selfless work out there," said Margaret, a
Hero who attended the Sarnia-Lambton event. "It's not just family helping family, but also neighbours helping neighbours. Some family members are giving up their jobs to help others in needs. It was a great event."
"Caregivers are unsung
Heroes and the heart of the healthcare system, saving the province $25 billion annually" said Betty Kuchta, Erie St. Clair CCAC CEO. "This was a chance to recognize their efforts and how important they are to our community."
Hero in attendance at the Chatham event, was definitely appreciative of the recognition. "It was a great honour to have all our hard work acknowledged and to know we are making a difference," said Tori.
With the success of our first
Heroes in the Home events, the Erie St. Clair CCAC is looking forward to continuing the program next year.