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Caregiver Burnout and How to Protect Your Health

Posted by Brian Shevel on 28 April 2013

Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region (HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on a study showing caregiver burnout.

A recently released report cited caregiver burnout as a factor that can potentially impact the health system in Ontario. The number of people who had to stop caring for elderly family members due to stress doubled from 2010 to 2014, from 7% to approximately 14%. (Source: Dempsey, A., "Caregivers are needed more than ever, but burning out," The Star web site, April 5, 2016; http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/04/05/caregivers-are-needed-more-than-ever-but-burning-out.html.)

"I don't think there's any secret that this province is in the midst of a healthcare crisis," says Brian Shevel, president of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "At-home care plays a prominent role in how the province cares for the aging population, which is why it's important for caregivers to take care of themselves too. They have a life to live separate from caring for their parents or subsequent family member and not balancing the two can bring on some serious stress."

Research for the report was conducted by community home care workers and cited the increase in age, as well as physical and mental impairment as reasons for the burnout.

"Seniors want to know what's going to happen to them if they are put in a position where they need attention from caregivers," Shevel continues. "If doctors aren't able to provide the care they need, and more and more family members are having to shoulder this burden, it drastically changes the landscape of day-to-day living for so many people."

The report also says that more caregivers will be needed to manage the aging population. Caregivers who took part in the report say better coordination of home care services along with improved delivery of these services need to be improved.

"Those are factors we stress at Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region. Preparation is so valuable in order to properly care for seniors. Having a plan that was developed in coordination with the necessary parties, along with being consistent in administering the plan is what will help ensure seniors who need it get the help they require."

Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region continues its extensive home care work with seniors in the areas they serve. For more information about Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region visit www.homecareassistance-toronto.com.

Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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