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Hotline set up for family caregivers

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Help is now a phone call away for people struggling with the care of family members.

The toll-free Canada Cares Caregiver Support Line has been set up to provide advice and direction for family caregivers trying to find answers on their own. The not-for-profit group, Canada Cares, provides supports for caregivers of all kinds across the country.

Winnipeg residents can call 1-855-619-5021 for advice, or check out the website for a list of local home and residential care services at www.canadacares.org.

"Studies show that of the five million family caregivers across the country, many don’t have the support they need to care for their loved ones and don’t know where to turn to find it," offered Canada Cares spokeswoman Caroline Tapp-McDougall in a statement.

Tapp-McDougall says caregivers often make the mistake of trying to do too much by themselves or failing to recognize the benefits of long-term problem solving over short-term relief.

She also advises caregivers to be cognizant of all legal documents and to listen to the person in need of assistance with regards to planning for the future.

 

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