Caregiving 101: How to care for an aging loved one
(NC) – Baby boomers have started to retire, raising important questions about the healthcare system's ability to address emerging needs. According to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of Canadian seniors will increase by approximately 25 per cent by 2036. As this generation is living longer, the number of seniors living with multiple chronic conditions becomes more apparent – leaving many Canadians in the position of caring for a loved one.
Caregivers find themselves in uncharted territory – needing to develop expertise in areas such as advanced care planning and support. Using a trusted, single online website like HealthGateway.ca can help people find vital information such as:
• Tools and finances: Caregivers must assess if special equipment or financial assistance is needed and where they can access them locally.
• Advanced care planning: Start the conversation early regarding living wills or powers of attorney to ensure that a loved one's wishes are respected.
• Community support: Support groups, respite care and day programs, and approved resources help caregivers serve an ill or disabled loved one.
Health Gateway is one of five healthcare projects in the Green Shield Canada Foundation Health Innovation Collaborative (www.gscfoundation.ca). This three-year project aims to solve the unmet needs of both caregivers and seniors living with multiple chronic conditions.
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