From the CBC website:
The amount of work performed by informal caregivers is astonishing. On average, they devote 19 hours a week to care giving duties, the CMAJ editorial says, with one in 10 informal caregivers putting in more than 30 hours a week.
Are you a caregiver to a loved one? You have an ally in Dr. Nathan Stall. I am going to write him a letter thanking him for his advocacy in recognizing the unpaid work of caregivers.
I also encourage you as a caregiver to put pen to paper and write your Minister of Health or M.P.P. or M.P. to gain some support for improving the tax credits or actually getting paid for your work. Many of us here have at times needed to take unpaid leave or exhaust other forms of leave to look after a loved one.
"The editorial, by Dr. Nathan Stall, an attending physician at Sinai Health System in Toronto and an associate editor of CMAJ, says more must be done to support the millions of Canadians who provide informal or unpaid care to loved ones and friends. The majority of people needing care are seniors.
It calls on the federal and provincial governments to provide more financial support to informal caregivers. It also says the health-care system needs to do a better job teaching them how to provide care, given that "despite little to no training, they are expected to provide medical and nursing care in the home, navigate complicated health and long-term care systems, and serve as substitute decision makers."The full story link is below.
The link below describes both Federal and Provincial tax credits (if u meet the criteria) you can apply for as a caregiver.
You may have to do some digging to see if you qualify, but every little bit helps, right?
Keep well and keep advocating for yourself and your family.
ACH2015 - Andy.