Many family and friends caring for the province’s most vulnerable and needy elders are themselves in need of help — according to the latest from report from the Seniors’ watchdog.
Advocate Isobel Mackenzie says 29 percent of those caring for seniors in their lives are considered “in distress.”
This means they’re angry, depressed or in conflict.
That’s 9,000 people.
“The number of hours of care being provided by an unpaid caregiver is 19 hours a week. When we look at distressed caregivers – the 29 percent – that rises to 30 hours a week.”
MacKenzie says families need more support like adult day programs, home care and respite beds.
BC’s Health Minister says while support has improved over the last decade, the need to support has also increased.
Terry Lake says plans are being finalized for new assistance programs.