Since 1999, Baluchon Répit long terme (“Baluchon”) has provided periods of respite lasting from 4 to 14 days to caregivers wanting to keep at home their loved ones who cannot live independently, as well as help and support for caregivers both before and after such periods of respite. During the latter, specialized support workers, trained by the organization and known as “baluchonneuses,” go to caregivers’ homes and take over for them – a full 24 hours per day. This type of support is available all year long throughout the Province of Quebec.
In the face of the increase in the number of cases given our aging population, Baluchon has expanded its services to also help people who are bedridden or have Parkinson’s, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), multiple sclerosis, or other degenerative diseases. In addition, it now provides support for people at the end of their lives as well as for their caregivers.
Following the introduction of the new services, in May 2023, Baluchon Alzheimer and its foundation were renamed Baluchon Répit long terme. The change better reflects the nature and scope of the services the organization offers, now that more than one third of the people benefiting from them do not have neurocognitive disorders.
Power Corporation is proud to support Baluchon in its mission to enable caregivers to take care of their loved ones with decreasing independence while keeping them in their home environments.
charged per day, the same rate since 2008
days of respite care provided in 2022–2023
families in Quebec receiving help and support every year
support workers go to caregivers’ homes to take over from them