Support for Caregivers Making a Difference for Families in Erie St. Clair Region

Ontario Funding Respite Services to Help Families Care for Loved Ones

This year, Ontario increased supports for people caring for their loved ones at home in the Erie St. Clair Region, by increasing access to respite services for local families.

Today — on National Family Caregiver Day — The Erie St. Clair LHIN is thanking people across the region for the work they do every day to care for their loved ones. A caregiver is someone who takes on the unpaid role of helping a family member or loved one with their physical or cognitive condition, injury or chronic life-limiting illness.

For the Erie St. Clair LHIN, investments from the province have allowed the Erie St. Clair CCAC to expand their services to families in Erie St. Clair, helping them get much-needed respite as they care for loved ones who have chosen home as their preferred setting at end-of-life. 

Brenda Dent in Blenheim had been tirelessly caring for her 97-year-old husband, Aldon, for three years before receiving support through the Erie St. Clair CCAC’s eShift program. Aldon had oral cancer, was unable to speak or move and spent the majority of his time in bed. Brenda was by his side day and night, getting very little sleep or respite. Once on eShift, Brenda was able to move from resting in a recliner to sleeping in her bed, knowing that her husband was in the caring hands of these health care professionals during his final weeks. eShift provided Brenda with much-needed rest while helping her keep her promise to never move Aldon to a long-term care home.

Ontario’s support has allowed for approximately 600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers across the province this year.

Supporting patients and their caregivers is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. This plan is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.


“Improving home and community care is one of our government’s most important health care priorities. Informal caregivers, like family members and friends, contribute to more than seventy per cent of their loved ones’ caregiving needs, and we know how stressful that can be. We want to ensure caregivers are supported and able to take rests from providing care to their loved ones.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“We want to thank caregivers across the region for the vital support they provide to their loved ones. The ESC CCAC provides outstanding patient-centred care and is a local champion for ensuring caregivers are able to take a much-needed rest thanks to respite services. I am pleased that the Erie St. Clair LHIN is able to work with our CCAC partners to ensure that care enhancements are made across our entire region.”
— ESC LHIN CEO, Ralph Ganter


  • Informal caregivers represent approximately one in five Ontarians.
  • The province has invested $793,500 to better support caregivers in the Erie St. Clair LHIN.
  • Ontario invested $100 million last year to enhance support for home care clients with high needs and their caregivers.
  • The investment provided $80 million to support enhanced care for clients who are most in need and $20 million for caregiver respite, allowing caregivers who need it the most to take rests from providing care to their loved ones.
  • Through consultations with people in Ontario and members of Ontario's Patient and Caregiver Advisory Table, the province recently established a Statement of Home and Community Care Values. This Statement reflects the needs and priorities of home and community care clients and their caregivers and ensures their values are reflected in the care they receive.  
  • These initiatives support the commitments made in Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care.