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Thank you for helping raise this issue. I became a
caregiver to my dying father, and had to take
significant time from my place of employment. At
that time there were no insurance benefits. Today
there are some.
But what no one seems to understand is the
emotional toll and labour of love that such a
situation brings to bear. Under such circumstances
no one should have to navigate through the
ridiculous bureaucracy to get financial assistance
for medical supports and the like.
The fact is, when I suddenly became a caregiver in
my father's home I helped save the government
significant money because he didn't take up a
hospital bed, nursing time and resources, and such.
Becoming a caregiver raised my quality of life,
because I was given an opportunity to give back to
someone who cared for me.
Message to politicians: Listen up, and do something
about this. Tinkering with benefits is simply not
enough. You guys are the ones who keep spouting out
about the aging population? Well, you had better
start putting some planning together for
caregivers. And that means for disabled people too.
Thank you, again.
This site gives people a truly needed
Some years ago, without warning, I took on the role
of Caregiver to my dying mother. At that time, I
was unable to obtain a leave of absence from my
place of employment to care for the needs of my
terminally ill mother.
Now there is Passionate Leave, which allows an
individual to care for the terminally ill family
member without jeopardizing seniority or career
potential at the work place. At that time there
wasn't any kind of insurance benefits in the event
I couldn't assist my mother for any period of time.
We have made some strides, but there still is so
much more that needs to be addressed.
A Caregiver Strategy needs to become a reality.
Care givers need to be recognized for the
significant contributions they make to keep the
frail, disabled, elderly and dying individuals out
of hospital beds while maintaining their quality of
life. As well, there are enormous demands on care
givers taking a toll physically, emotionally and
financially. No one should have to make a decision
between economic stability or doing what is right
towards a family member.
Caregivers require comprehensive support
I like the comment of that last posting by Patrice.
Anyone who can claim to live on ODSP levels and
still accomplish what they need to do on a day to
day basis must be a miracle creator. People with
disabilities need better supports to we can make
the contributions we want to make. Keep up the
ODSP September 25
How is it that only the Green Party recognizes the
need to bring ODSP levels at least to the rate of
Wasn't it the Liberals who championed the
Accessibility law, yet they don't recognize that
current ODSP levels leave someone living in virtual
I would like to see the politicians in Queen's Park
try to live on current ODSP levels. For someone
with a disability to be able to do so means that
we're probably the most resourceful bunch of
Canadians you will ever find.