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I learned at the beginning of October that my company was letting a number of us, those working on a particular project for a particular government department, go, as of December 31st.

This wasn’t the best news in the Universe. I knew the department’s mandate ends in March 20 and I was hoping that my job would continue on to that point. As I am a contract employee (an employee of my company contracted out to the government department) I knew that, in reality, I could be let go at any point. However, it isn’t the department ending my contract, it is my company which is downsizing. I love the work I am doing but am getting tired of the bureaucratic “stuff” that accompanies it… “stuff” which changes practically monthly and which requires continual retooling of my record-keeping. As well, the amount of work I can do changes and while I have to work an 8-hour day for my company, I can only charge 7.5 hours for the department — unless they reduce the “call-up” for me which means that I have to work 20 days but only charge for 18. That means that I have to use holidays, sick days… unpaid leave…. in order to cover the rest of the days. This is frustrating and makes me anxious. If I could just do my job and not have to worry about idiotic limits… I’d be perfectly happy.

However, as of January 1st, I will be sans employment and that is that.

If this had been a year-and-a-half ago, I would be beside myself with anxiety. Instead I am simply taking it one day at a time. I have decided to spend the next while caring for my Mom full-time.

In order to do this, I was under the impression that there was a government program which would assist families for providing home-care themselves. As I discovered, such a program exists in Quebec but not in Ontario.

Ontario will provide SOME funding and/or tax breaks to HIRE someone to come in and provide care but that is only for people under a certain income. In other words, I have to hire someone to come in and look after Mom instead of being able to take time off work and take care of her myself. I have to pay someone neither of us know to come into our home and provide care that I can easily give. Because of Mom’s Alzheimer’s not only do I not want to put Mom through having someone she doesn’t know looking after her but I want to spend as much time as I can with her which she is still able to remain at home.

She doesn’t need specialized care. She just needs to have someone she knows around her to make sure she eats properly, that she takes her medication, and that she is kept busy and active. I can do that and take care of the house in a way that I can’t while working.

However, while things may be tight for the next while, I am taking the time off and doing what needs to be done.

I will also be lobbying the Ontario government to make it easier for families to personally take time off to look after family members without resorting to hiring care-givers.

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