Thursday, April 19, 2012
Family - the invisible backbone of the health care system
Home is the place that in so many ways defines who we are; it is, in the words of the Pulitzer prize winning journalist John Ed Pearce “...a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.“ How true this is, especially when we think about aging and how we want to live out our lives – independently and with dignity; surrounded by our loved ones in the comfort of our home. Thanks to the great strides made in the development and growth of home care programs across Canada, this vision is very much a reality.
The aging process inevitably brings both physical and mental challenges as one must often deal with a number of chronic diseases as well as complex emotional situations such as the death of a spouse or loved one. Although publicly funded home care programs are essential to providing vital clinical and social supports to seniors, an integral part of aging at home is the involvement of family caregivers. Family caregivers – a spouse, children, siblings and even friends and neighbours - are the invisible backbone of the health care system. Without family caregivers, receiving care in the home would not be a viable option.
Congratulations to Health Council of Canada for their recognition and sound recommendations for both home care and family caregivers. We look forward to working with the Council and governments across Canada to advance home care as a vital component of an integrated health care system that is responsive to all Canadians.
Posted by Health Council of Canada | Conseil Canadien de la Santé at 9:32 AM
Labels: Home and Community Care