Mississauga, ON – Caregiving 'heroes' trade in costumes and capes for compassion and care, which improves the lives of individuals faced with health challenges – a truly heroic mission. A 'hero' may be a mother caring for her child with special needs, an adult child caring for an elderly or ill parent, a nurse caring for a patient or a spouse caring for an elderly or ill partner. The Mississauga Halton CCAC honours the region's caregiving heroes at its fourth annual Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards.
"We know there are many caregiving heroes in our community. While they typically don't consider themselves heroes, caregivers make a significant and meaningful difference in the lives of people of all ages," says Caroline Brereton, CEO, Mississauga Halton CCAC. "The Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards are a wonderful way to say thank you to caregivers for their compassionate caring that helps people remain in their home longer, helps children thrive at home and in school, and helps people return home sooner to recover from surgery or illness. I'm constantly inspired by the efforts of these amazing individuals."
Since 2010, the Mississauga Halton CCAC has honoured 285 caregiving heroes throughout South Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton. This year, 110 more 'heroes' from across the Mississauga Halton region are being celebrated at three award ceremonies: Mississauga on Nov. 28, Oakville on Dec. 3 and Milton on Dec. 5. Below are quotes from three of this year's Heroes in the Home nominations.
"She is truly a kind, compassionate and generous caregiver to her father. Despite his constantly changing needs, she has selflessly cared and advocated for him while supporting her mother and other family members along the journey. A deeply loving and supportive individual, she is truly a hero."
"His patience and love for his wife is boundless. He's accepted her condition and works tirelessly every day to improve her quality of like, keeping her safe and happy in their own home."
"Her attentiveness and compassion have made a significant difference in the life of my daughter and the rest of my family. She would certainly not consider herself a caregiving hero, but she is to us. She's become more like a member of the family."
About the Mississauga Halton CCAC
The Mississauga Halton CCAC coordinates in-home and community support services, information and referral, and long-term care placement. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH LHIN) and serves a population of more than one-million residents in the communities of South Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.
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