Recognition program honours exceptional individuals

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND — One hundred and forty-two unpaid caregivers are being honoured as part of the annual Heroes in the Home Caregiver Recognition program for 2018, presented by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN). Honourees are from communities across the LHIN, with 14 people from Haldimand this year.

“Unpaid caregivers make a positive difference in the lives of tens of thousands of people across our region every day. The support these unsung heroes provide their loved ones helps maintain their quality of life in safety and comfort. We are pleased to recognize them as Heroes in the Home,” said Bill Thompson, Vice Chair HNHB LHIN.

Heroes in the Home honours unpaid caregivers who support and care for their loved ones at home and in the community so they can live fulfilling lives regardless of health concerns or limitations.

Anyone can nominate an unpaid caregiver for a Heroes award at any time throughout the year; the only criteria are that caregivers must reside within the HNHB LHIN region and provide care to someone living in Ontario.

“It made us feel good to know that our LHIN care coordinator Regan thinks we are doing a great job as caregivers. We work together to care for our husband and father because we want him to be at home and keep our family together,” stated Fern Gardner and Laurel Smelser of Hagersville.

Since the program began in 2010, more than 1,300 unpaid caregivers from across the HNHB LHIN have been recognized. This year’s nominees will be celebrated and honoured as part of the Caregiver Hall of Fame page on the LHIN’s website, which will serve as a strong reminder to all caregivers to keep doing what they do out of love for the people they care for.

Figures from Statistics Canada indicate that approximately 3.3 million unpaid caregivers provide support to their loved ones in Ontario alone – an estimated annual value of more than $31 billion in the health care system.

The HNHB LHIN is home to a diverse population of more than 1.4 million people. The LHIN plans and funds the local health care system and works with more than 185 health system partners and service providers. In addition, the LHIN coordinates and delivers home and community care and support services for more than 89,000 people across our region.

For more information about the HNHB LHIN and Heroes in the Home, please visit hnhblhin.on.ca.

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