In-home caregivers' cry for breather
In-home caregivers have been saying it for years: "We need help." Today, an association representing caregivers released the results of a summer-long consultation of its members across the province.
The caregivers say that beyond better financing to help support in-home caregivers, there is a crying need for a fundamental shift in social priorities in Quebec.
At the very top of the list of grievances among Quebecers providing round-the-clock care for sick or disabled loved ones is the need for respite: an occasional break from the constant pressure of in-home caregiving.
Association president Carlos Hernandez says about eighty percent of all the in-home healthcare in the province is provided by un-paid caregivers without whom, he says, there is no in-home care. And without respite, Hernandez laments, there can be no caregivers.
Among other concerns of caregivers: the excessive paperwork involved in caregiving, and the lack of official recognition or status for in-home caregivers.