A non-profit organization fighting on behalf of retirees says the federal government’s long-term commitment to seniors will relieve stress for caregivers across the country.
The Canadian Association of Retired Persons provisions in Wednesday’s budget are good for both workers, and those looking to pass away in the comfort of their own home.
Budget 2017 provides $6-billion over 10 years for home care, along with $691-million over five years in the form of an employment insurance caregiver benefit.
That benefit would cover Canadians for up to 15 weeks when caring for an adult family member who’s suffering from illness or injury.
CARP VP of Advocacy Wanda Morris says the funding is welcome news.
“Our members will say, ‘I want to die at home surrounded by loved ones.’ Far too often they’re dying at the hospital surrounded by tubes.”
She adds the move will also reduce the burden on caregivers, many of whom are working under extreme pressure.
“Our members tell us about the undue burden that plagues them. In some cases, caregivers end up dying before the person they’re looking after because of the stress that they’re bearing.”
CARP says there are approximately eight million caregivers across the country.