The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, in partnership with Canadian Home Care Association and Carers Canada, recognizes the dedication and devotion of caregivers on National Caregiver Day – April 7th, 2020.
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) in partnership with Canadian Home Care Association and Carers Canada, have developed an awareness campaign around National Caregiver Day. A Caregiver is an individual who provides ongoing care and assistance, without pay, for family members and friends in need of support due to physical, cognitive, or mental health conditions.
This National Caregiver Day comes at a time when there are much uncertainty and unrest. Caregivers, in addition to what they are already doing, must now navigate the impact from COVID-19 as they support the vulnerable and most at-risk people in our communities. From the very beginning, Every Minute Counts was selected to reinforce the value of caregivers to Canadians and ensure they are at the forefront of our collective actions. We are all still committed to spreading this message, and we encourage you to take part, with any effort you can spare.
“Caregiving for loved ones while meeting work and other family commitments can be a challenge for all involved, especially as it relates to end-of-life care,” says Sharon Baxter, Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). “Through this initiative, we hope to raise awareness around the daily challenges these caregivers face and the compassionate support they show everyday.”
We believe that all Canadians have the right to die with dignity, free of pain, surrounded by their loved ones, in a setting of their choice. It is crucial that the Canadian healthcare system have programs and services in place to provide the quality end-of-life care that Canadians need. Help us spread our message to make sure caregivers are adequately accounted for and supported, especially during this time of need.
The CHPCA acknowledges GlaxoSmithKline, Purdue, CBI Health Group and Innovative Medicines Canada for funding this awareness initiative. For more information and downloadable resources for National Caregivers Day please visit https://www.chpca.ca/campaigns/caregiverday/