New ser­vice for care­givers

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A new ser­vice will soon be avail­able for nat­u­ral care­givers in the Es­trie re­gion called Ap­pui Es­trie. This new or­ga­ni­za­tion will pro­vide a tele­phone ref­er­ence ser­vice for nat­u­ral care­givers, di­rect­ing them to avail­able ser­vices, and de­velop new ser­vices aimed at im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life of the nat­u­ral care­givers of se­niors.

“It is good news for care­givers in the Es­trie. A few more steps need to be taken be­fore the whole thing is op­er­a­tional. Last Novem­ber we hired Genevieve Coté as gen­eral di­rec­tor. We’ve moved into our of­fices, sit­u­ated at 85 Belvedere North, in Sher­brooke. More­over, we have man­dated the

Cen­tre d’ex­per­tise en santé de Sher­brooke to cre­ate a re­gional por­trait of the ser­vices avail­able to nat­u­ral care­givers as well as con­duct a sur­vey of the needs of care­givers of se­niors on our ter­ri­tory. Once we see this por­trait, we can de­ter­mine the pri­or­i­ties with re­gard to the de­vel­op­ment of ser­vices and, ul­ti­mately, to launch a call for projects. We want to go through this stage care­fully be­cause this por­trait along with the iden­ti­fied pri­or­i­ties will guide us for the next three years,” com­mented the pres­i­dent of the Board of Di­rec­tors, Marie-pierre Lau­rent.

Tens of thou­sands of nat­u­ral care­givers to se­niors (spouses, chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, sis­ters or broth­ers, nieces or neph­ews, neigh­bours or friends) in the re­gion pro­vide daily and with­out pay help and sup­port to se­niors, al­low­ing them to live at home as long as pos­si­ble and main­tain their qual­ity of life. These care­givers can be ‘put to the test’, de­pend­ing on how chal­leng­ing it is to pro­vide care and jug­gle per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as well as their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as care­givers. It of­ten re­sults in stress and ex­haus­tion, lead­ing to their own health prob­lems. Much greater sup­port for care­givers is needed from the com­mu­nity.for more in­for­ma­tion you may call Genevieve Coté at 819 791-7771.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

Marie Pierre Lau­rent is the pres­i­dent of Ap­pui Es­trie’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

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