More Respite for Local Caregivers

Ontario is making it easier on caregivers with improvements to respite.

Eligable caregivers can now get an additional four hours of respite per week to use at their discretion.

The announcement was made on April 4, Family Caregiver Day, celebrating the people in our lives who take on the unpaid role of helping a family member or loved one with their physical or cognitive condition, injury or chronic life-limiting illness.

Around 600,000 hours of additional respite services through the South East LHIN have been promised to caregivers across the province for 2017 as part of the Patients First Action Plan for Health Care.

The plan provides patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.