Brockville – On January 25th, 2018 The Ontario Caregiver Coalition along with its members and partner community agencies such as CPHC will be celebrating Ontario’s first annual Young Carer Day.
A young carer is a child, youth, or young adult that provides physical, medical, emotional, or other supports to a parent, grandparent or sibling. There are almost 500,000 young carers in Ontario between the ages of 15 to 24 years old. However, young carers can also include children and youth that fall under the age of 15, but who are not included within this figure. 17% of Ontario’s 3.3 million family caregivers are young carers (between 15 -24), although young carers are often a forgotten group. Or to look at it a different way, 28% of 15-24 year olds report being a caregiver.
Young carers provide an average of 14 hours of care per week, and a quarter of theses carers spend 3-6 hours per day which is equivalent to a part-time job. This care can include:
Domestic Care: cooking, cleaning and sibling care
Emotional Support: companionship and social support
Personal Care: administrating medication, bathing and dressing, assistance with feeding
General Care: translation, transportation, and assistance with financial paperwork
There are two sides to the young carer’s coin. On the one side many are at risk of higher stress levels, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. On the other side, these young carers are often more mature and compassionate than many others their age, and often choose to go into a caring profession.
To get the real story from a young carer please check out “Lucky the Young Carer Rap” by Canadian Rap battler, Tricky P below:
There are very few organizations in Ontario that provide services and supports for young carers. There is a general lack of awareness or understanding of who young carers are, and how they support their family members. Family caregivers are gaining recognition in Ontario, however young carers are almost always left out of the discussion. It is time to turn this around.
PLEASE JOIN US ON JANUARY 25TH IN RECOGNIZING YOUNG CARERS ACROSS ONTARIO
To learn more about CPHC Community Support Services & programs, to volunteer, or to discuss an event or partnership please call 613-342-3693.
Funding for CPHC programs is partially provided by the South East Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), client fees, fundraising, private donations, and United Way. CPHC is a non-profit registered, charitable organization.