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Heroes in the Home: Caregivers Provide Support and Savings to the Community

 

Heroes in the Home: Caregivers Provide Support and Savings to the Community

 

Toronto Central CCAC will host three caregiver recognition awards ceremonies in recognition of caregivers in the community

 

Toronto – May 25, 2015 - Every day, ordinary people in our community go to extraordinary measures to improve the lives of their fellow citizens who may be limited by age, illness and disability. To pay tribute to these caregivers who have a direct and positive impact on both the communities that they serve and the economy, The Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is proud to host its second annual Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition Awards. In order to recognize the many people who assist their loved ones in their homes across the city, the Toronto Central CCAC will be hosting three events in mid, east and west Toronto:

The West Heroes in the Home awards will take place on Monday May 25th, 2015 from 6 - 8 p.m. at The Bloor West Village Baptist Church.

The Central Heroes in the Home awards will take place on Tuesday May 26th, 2015 from 6 - 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Bloor Street Church.

The East Heroes in the Home awards will take place on Monday June 1, 2015 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Danforth Mennonite Church.

The province of Ontario spends only approximately $2.1 billion on home-based health care (Ontario Home Care Association, 2014), however this figure does not take into account the considerable support and assistance that is provided by informal caregivers. "Heroes in the Home is an opportunity to thank the caregivers who make it possible for those who are facing illnesses and various healthcare challenges to remain in their homes," says Stacey Daub, Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Central CCAC. "These caregiver are the unsung heroes of our community." 

 

The awards will recognize all types of caregivers, whether a family member, neighbour, friend or health care worker who selflessly provide skilled and compassionate care.

 

Today, working with its many partners, the Toronto Central CCAC delivers home care to almost 50,000 people a year. Toronto Central CCAC care coordinators — the people who work with a patient and develop the plan to meet their unique needs — can be found in nearly all health settings. They work within 12 Family Health Teams and with over 1,200 primary care providers. Care coordinators work in over 18 Community Health Centres to connect vulnerable people with home care services they need. By working in 23 different hospitals, Toronto Central CCAC care coordinators provide 68,000 people with peace of mind as they are discharged to recover at home with care and support.

 

While older persons are still among the largest client group, Toronto Central CCAC today serves one of the most complex and highest need home care populations in the world — from infants with critical illnesses to people at the end of their lives.  Many types of care that were once only delivered in hospitals — such as dialysis, chemotherapy, g-tube feeding and intravenous medications — are now delivered in Toronto homes, which is where many patients want to be.

 

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Media Contact:

Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Samantha.kemp-jackson@toronto.ccac-ont.ca

416-217-3820 ext. 2713

About Toronto Central CCAC

Toronto Central CCAC connects people across Toronto with quality in-home and community-based health care. We provide information, direct access to qualified care providers and community-based services to help people come home from hospital or live independently at home. In any given month we serve a population of nearly 1.5 million residents of the Toronto area with their care needs in the community. In any given month, we support:

 

    • More than 19,000 people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds
    • 1,700 kids getting support at their schools
    • 400 adults receiving rehabilitation services
    • 23,000 information and referral inquiries
    • The transition to a long-term care home for 240 clients
    • 600 individuals to die at home with dignity
    • Saving 1000s of hospital days by transitioning 7,000 clients home for care
    • For more information, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAtKFBXeTMQ&feature=youtu.be