A report out of British Columbia released last Wednesday showed that caregiver distress has increased by 24% (from 7 to 31%) over the past two years. ‘Distress’ includes “anger, depression, or feeling unable to continue caregiving.” Report lead Isobel Mackenzie says this does not constitute a crisis; however, crises tend to “emerge incrementally.” She explains that more and more people who could make use of home care or assisted living end up living in care facilities because of caregiver distress; adult children can’t cope with the stress they are under and choose to send their parents to a care facility rather than making use of potentially more appropriate services. Mackenzie says that the fact that 69% of care partners are not in distress “speaks to… the love and devotion among the overwhelming majority of our family caregivers. It speaks to how the least we can do is provide a little more help.” She suggests offering adult day programs on evenings and weekends, increasing home care availability, and larger blocks of respite care to further assist family care partners.
DATE RETRIEVED: August 31, 2017