National strategy will help people living with dementia in Eastern Ontario
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2019
Ottawa – Carefor Health & Community Services welcomes the Government of Canada’s release today of a groundbreaking $50M national strategy on dementia. As an agency that provides direct support to people across Eastern Ontario who are living with dementia, Carefor understands the growing need for dementia related programs and funding.
An estimated 228,000 Ontarians are currently living with dementia, with that number expected to rise to 255,000 people in 2020 and over 430,000 by 2038. Beyond these numbers, for every person with dementia there are at least two people that provide care to them who are directly impacted by the disease.
As an organization that provides respite, residential and day programs for people with dementia, Carefor is pleased to see caregiver support be a central tenant of the national strategy. “Dementia affects more than just the people living with. It affects families and communities,” says Carefor CEO, Steve Perry. “Increasing supports to caregivers, who are really at the frontline of our healthcare system, will have a direct impact on people living with dementia. Carefor applauds the government for taking this initiative.”
Carefor’s respite, residential and day programs for people living with dementia in Ottawa include The Guest House, Richmond Care Home, Perley Adult Day Program and Carling Adult Day Program. Perley and Carling have a waiting list of over one year.
Carefor is a local not-for-profit charity that provides home healthcare and community support services across Eastern Ontario. Whether in the home, in the community, at care facilities or one of our clinics, our 1,500 staff are part of the circle of care that is tailored to our clients’ needs. For more information, please visit www.carefor.ca.
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