Family Caregivers of BC in the Media
Barb MacLean Live at the Ministry announcement of $75 million, June 2018
Watch Adrian Dix, Isobel Mackenzie and Barb MacLean (17 minutes in) speak in this live recorded video.Watch Here
CFAX 1070, June 2018
Listen to Barb MacLean, executive director, Family Caregivers of British Columbia speak to CFAX 1070 about the newly announced $75 million to expand respite care and adult day programs.Listen Here
B.C. announces $75 million to help friend-and-family caregivers, National Pensioners Federation (2018)Read Here
Home Caregivers get a $75-million boost, Times Colonist (2018)
The new spending of $75 million on respite care and adult day-programs is expected to help reduce the burden on family and friend caregivers.Read Here
Victoria increases respite care for home caregivers by $75 million, BC Rural Health Network (2018)Read Here
Province provides $75 million to expand respite care and adult day programs
Ming Pao News, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Health Minister Adrian Dix announced the government is investing $75 million to expand respite care and adult day programs, helping both seniors and their loved ones.
Dix said yesterday at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House that many B.C. seniors count on their spouses, children and close friends to help them stay at home, and cope and manage chronic conditions. “Caregiving without adequate supports can impact the whole family, particularly a person’s ability to live at home, which is what most seniors and their loved ones want,” said Dix.
Over the next three years, the province will improve and strengthen respite services and adult day programs to support seniors and their family-and-friend caregivers. The number of respite beds will be increased, and overnight care at home will be made more accessible. In addition, the number of adult day program spaces will be increased, and the hours of operation will be expanded to provide services on evenings and weekends.
Dix said $10 million will be provided in the first year followed by $30 million and $35 million in the second and third year.
“This is exceptionally good news for family-and-friend caregivers in British Columbia, who provide over 80% of the care at home, often without support, and at great financial, physical and emotional cost,” Barb MacLean, executive director, Family Caregivers of British Columbia. “Having access to the right support, at the right time, is absolutely essential for caregivers to be able to continue to care without burning out or becoming a patient themselves.”
The government said it is estimated there are approximately one million family-and-friend caregivers in the province who help seniors with daily activities, ranging from a ride to the grocery store or a medical appointment to assistance with activities, such as housekeeping and yard work, managing finances, helping with medical treatments and providing personal care.
People interested in receiving caregiver respite or adult day services, or know of someone who might be in need of these services, can contact the home and community care office in their health authority, or have a health-care professional make a referral on their behalf.
A total of $768 million over three years is being allocated by the Ministry of Health for investments in primary care, home and community care, residential care and assisted living. A further $249 million over the next three years will be provided by the federal government under the Canada/British Columbia Home and Community Care funding agreement.
Psychological burden on caring for dementia at home can be huge, The Vancouver Sun (2018)
Lycia Rodrigues, caregiver support and engagement lead at Family Caregivers of BC speaks with Kevin Griffin about the impact this has on caregivers.Read Here
B.C. announces $75 million to help friend-and-family caregivers
The Star Metro, Vancouver (2018)
Family-and-friend caregivers in British Columbia provide more than 80 per cent of home care, said Barb MacLean, executive director of Family Caregivers of British Columbia.Read Here
FCBC News Release: Family Caregivers of BC Applauds $75 M in New Caregiver Support Funding
Making the private matter of caring for your family member or friend a public matter
has long been a mission of the 29-year-old charity Family Caregivers Society of British Columbia.
With Health Minister Adrian Dix’s announcement of $75 million in new provincial caregiver
support funding, the Society is celebrating.
Ministry of Health News Release: Family-and-friend caregivers to receive much-needed relief with expanded supports (June 2018)
The Ministry of Health is investing $75 million to expand respite care and adult
day programs, helping both seniors and their loved ones, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of
Inside Out: Self-Care for the Caregiver
Seaside Magazine (2017)
Janet McLean, Education & Engagement Lead and Lycia Rodrigues, Caregiver Support & Engagement Lead at Family Caregivers of B.C speak to the issues of self-identity and self-care for caregivers.Read Here
Les Personnes aidantes besoin de sortir de l’isolment
Radio Canada (2017)
Lycia Rodrigues, Caregiver Support & Engagement Lead speaks with Radio Canada. (French)Listen Here
Caregiver Distress Report
CBC The National (2017)
Janet McLean, Education & Engagement Lead for Family Caregivers of B.C speaks to the issue of caregiver distress in British Columbia following the report by the Seniors AdvocateWatch Here
Report finds caregiver distress leading to more seniors in care facilities
Vancouver Sun (2017)
Barbra Hopkins, President of the board of directors for Family Caregivers of B.C speaks to the issue of caregiver distress in British Columbia,Read more
Invest in caregivers or pay more for health care: B.C. senior’s advocate
CTV News (2017)
Barbra Hopkins address caregiver distress following the release of the Office of the Seniors Advocate report ” Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem.”Read more
Caregivers are invaluable, yet invisible
The Times Colonist (2017)
Read Executive Director Barb MacLean’s letter in response to a concerned caregiver.
Self-Care for Caregivers of People in Pain
Pain Waves by PainBC (2017)
Pain Waves talks to Wendy Johnstone from Family Caregivers of British Columbia about how caregivers can find the support and resources they need to take care of themselves.Listen Here
Caregivers and the Workplace
BC Almanac (2016)
Executive Director Barb MacLean and Nora Spinks, of the Vanier Institute of the Family talk about what working family caregivers can do.
B.C. health care system relies heavily on family caregivers, says advocate
Family Caregivers provide 70 to 75 percent of the care in Canada, and many are trying to balance caregiving responsibilities with employment. Executive Director Barb MacLean provides tips for caregivers who need help.
OLDER AND WISER: Supporting our caregivers
North Shore News (2016)
Family Caregivers of BC is thrilled with policy focus of a new Doctors of BC paper, Circle of Care: Supporting Family Caregivers in B.C.