Saskatoon·Election Spotlight

'I fear for the future,' woman moves from Alta. to Sask. to care for ailing mom

Julie Arcand left her job working in the oilfields to take care of her mother who was diagnosed with vascular dementia. She says she is concerned about senior care in Saskatchewan.

Julie Arcand says she is concerned about senior care in the province

Julie Arcand moved back from Alberta to take care of her mother. 2:00

As a part of our continuing provincial election coverage, CBC News is putting a face to some of the issues people in this province are concerned about before they vote. Here is one of their personal stories.

Julie Arcand said she had it all — a $37-an-hour job working in the Alberta oilfields and her mother was in good health.

Now, she's lost most of it.

"For the past year and a couple months, I've been looking after my mom who was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia," Arcand said. "It's been an actual nightmare."

Julie Arcand says she left her job working in the Alberta oilfields to return to Saskatchewan and care for her mother. (Don Somers/CBC)

The two live together in a trailer home in Martensville, Sask. Arcand said there's no one else in her family who can look after her mother, so now she's become her full-time caregiver. She cooks every meal, takes care of all health concerns and entertains her mom daily.

"There's some days where she's really confused and doesn't remember the name of her kids and getting any support is brutal," she said.

(Background) Julie Arcand and her mother live together in a trailer home in Martensville, Sask. (Don Somers/CBC)

Arcand said she feels alone and isn't getting the proper support.

"The governments don't seem to have any programs for us adult children looking after our parents," she said.

"My story is probably just like everyone else's. I'm sure there are thousands of people out there like me. We need help. We can't get any help. It's a nightmare. Like, I was independent and now I'm looking after my mother. And basically we're looking after each other because I have no income."

Arcand said she hasn't heard much during the provincial election campaign about senior care and supports for adults who look after their parents.

"I fear for the future because we're all going to be at that point some day and what's going to happen to us?"

People will head to the polls on April 4.


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