FAMILY CAREGIVERS OFFERED EXTRA ASSISTANCE BY ONTARIO GOVERNMENT

Apr 25, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Ahead of Thursday’s provincial budget, Ontario’s Finance and Health Ministers are offering assistance to family caregivers.

Charles Sousa and Doctor Eric Hoskins announced this morning additional respite services they say will allow people to take a break from caring for loved ones, as well as increased education and training opportunities for caregivers and a new Ontario Caregiver Tax Credit. This proposed tax credit would extend support for people caring for infirm relatives, starting in the 2017 tax year.

Nearly half of the estimated 214,000 Ontarians living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias have caregivers who report feeling distressed.

CARP – A New Vision of Aging – continues to advocate for additional caregiver support for those who take time off work to take care of loved ones.

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