About 56 per cent of caregiver respondents from an online survey find difficulties coping up with stress. This has been quite an increase comparing to last year’s result which was 39 per cent.
The survey conducted by The Change Foundation and The Ontario Caregiver Organization also showed that a third of Canada’s population is providing care to a family member, an aging parent, or someone with mental health issue, while at the same time parenting young children.
To offer more emotional support, a help line will now be provided for caregivers in Ontario. The service will run 24/7 that will allow caregivers to connect to a community representative. A live chat site will also be available during weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.