BC announces additional support for family caregivers

COVID-19/coronavirus update: April 28, 2020

As part of British Columbia’s emergency COVID-19 response plan, the Province is doubling this year’s funding for Family Caregivers of British Columbia to $1 million, helping support both caregivers and seniors.

Family Caregivers of B.C. is a not-for-profit organization that supports people who are caring for elderly loved ones, family or friends.  With a network of local agencies throughout B.C., Family Caregivers will increase the capacity of its helpline and offer a number of virtual connections that can bring family caregivers together.

With Canada’s caregivers struggling more than ever to make ends meet while caring for their loved ones during the pandemic, more supports (including financial relief) are desperately needed. This announcement is a positive step, but more needs to be done at the federal level to help informal caregivers provide the critical care needed to keep seniors healthy at home.

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