• Who Is Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)?

    The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), provides data so that each jurisdiction can understand it clearly and use it properly to make decisions that will lead to Canadians being healthier.

    Many elderly that need care rely on their loved ones to meet their many needs every day.  A caregiver that’s a family member will normally suffer distress, especially the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  This information was determined by the CIHI in a recent study.

    Their study also suggests that up to one in six caregivers are distressed and, when caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this distress increases.  Our company recognizes that this distress is extremely common and is the result of being overburdened.  We welcome the CIHI report and what was learned in the study.  As the population gets older, the need for good care for the elderly becomes more obvious.

    These studies, “Supporting Informal Home Care: The Heart of Home Care” and “Caring for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias”, were released in 2010.  They looked at more than 130,000 Canadians over age 65 and included many with complex conditions.  They all were receiving publicly funded long term care.  Approximately 98% of these home care clients were relying on a family member as a caregiver.  This could have been a spouse, adult child, friend, or neighbor who was providing assistance and support for even the simplest of tasks.  Also, about 75% of those from this study were married, and half of the loved ones were getting support from their spouses.

    Caring for a loved one is a day and night job with no time off and is terribly demanding on many levels.  Managing the emotional realization of their loved one’s failing health is compounded by the exhaustion felt in having to care for them. The first study found that 25% of caregivers reported distress, and half of spouses felt this way. The number of caregivers who are distressed is one issue, but if this distress is not resolved, long term effects like depression are a casualty of this role.

    Having a professional caregiver come to the home can lighten the load that is borne by a family caregiver.  Medication reminders, planning and preparing nutritious meals, helping with bathing and grooming, transportation assistance to appointments and social opportunities are all advantages a professional caregiver can provide.  These caregivers have extensive training in dealing with difficult behaviors, cognitive impairments, and depression and dementia.  It is part of their job to report any changes they see to Care Management and family members.   Free in home assessments are available.

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, learn more about possible home care options.  Contact Guardian Angel Care 905-567-7784 to speak with a coordinator who will help with your needs.

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