Alberta caregivers are happy about a revised tax credit in the most recent federal budget.
Caregivers Alberta Executive Director Areni Kelleppan said the credit now is broader.
“The flexible benefits for the Canada caregiver credit will roll in three existing, kind of confusing, credits into one and offer more flexibility for caregivers in the nature of the kinds of care they are providing, so that’s fantastic to hear because there is a huge financial burden placed on them and this will certainly help,” said Kelleppan on the Alberta Morning News.
Kelleppan explained what exactly the new credit covers.
“It’s related to critical illness or injury and disabilities. Critical illness we would suspect and hope it would be for chronic illnesses, long term illnesses, things like MS, cancer, dementia.”
“It will also include aging, so caring for elderly parents and things like that and the types of illnesses that they’re dealing with as well as disabilities, because they have rolled in a couple of other credit together with this caregiving credit.”
Another item Kelleppan said she’d like to see the federal government address is respite care. She believes an increase in respite care will help so family caregivers can take time to rest during care cycles.