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Source: Canton of Neuchatel Switzerland The year 2020 will remain in the collective memory as a year which has changed all our habits and which strongly mobilized local solidarity. In this context, family caregivers have adapted to this situation by playing an essential role. The authorities of the cantons of Vaud, Geneva, Friborg, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais, Tessin and Bern wish to thank and express their gratitude for the work accomplished on a daily basis by family caregivers and dedicate the day of Friday, October 30 to them.

In the current epidemiological and demographic context, worryingly, family caregivers are becoming an increasingly scarce (so-called “informal”) resource and are living in increasingly complex situations, even more in the face of Covid-19. While knowing that the role of informal caregiver is evolving in this context and becoming more complex, the State must respond as far as possible to the needs of this population, by strengthening the support and relief system to support them and prevent them from exhaustion. This makes it possible, among other things, to better reconcile professional life and care for the person being helped. Topical theme located at the center of debates at the national level.

It is essential to encourage the involvement of relatives and support them through measures of respite, information, training, concrete relief support, detection of critical situations, prevention and awareness. This system cannot be put in place without respecting the freedom of choice of family caregivers in the face of their lived situations and existing relief solutions. In addition, in most cases, the situation experienced by caregivers imposes itself on them without them being able to decide what role to play.

On the occasion of the intercantonal day of caregivers, the canton wishes to thank the caregivers for their daily commitment. In this context, the following actions will be proposed for the canton of Neuchâtel:

– Testimonials from caregivers and other video clips will be broadcast on Canal Alpha until October 30;

– A special live broadcast is offered on RTN on October 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. She will give a voice to caregivers, cantonal and municipal authorities, as well as key players in the field.

– On October 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Caritas Neuchâtel is offering a café for caregivers in the AROS premises, avenue Léopold-Robert 16-18, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, upon registration.

– Other shows will be scheduled by regional media.

In our canton, an information brochure and an inventory of existing services and providers is available to family caregivers. Among the services available, the Neuchâtel Association of Caregivers (ANDPA) offers

example weekly telephone support. For caregivers who take care of a person over 65, the Association Réseau Orientation Santé Social (AROSS) has played an increasingly important role in recent years to inform and guide this population, and offers concrete respite solutions such as a day care center or a short stay, for example.

The role of the municipalities is also essential in this phase because they are one of the entry points for informing, raising awareness and providing concrete responses to the population in the different regions. Close collaboration with the municipalities makes it possible to provide solutions for family caregivers and family caregivers.

Further information :

• Information for family caregivers on

• See also the actions proposed by the other cantons on

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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