The players and their families can feel more at ease in case of any sudden heart failure thanks to the knowledge that a defibrillator is available
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) April 01, 2015
Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region (http://www.GreaterTorontoHomeCare.ca), the area’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care, is weighing in on the initiative by the government of Canada to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in hockey arenas across Canada.
A national campaign led by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation is looking to install AEDs in recreational hockey arenas throughout Canada. The goal of the initiative is to have 2,000 AEDs installed in these arenas across the country by 2016. (Source: “Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation deliver on commitment to install AEDs in recreational hockey arenas,” Government of Canada web site, March 17, 2015; http://news.gnom.es/pr/government-of-canada-and-heart-and-stroke-foundation-deliver-on-commitment-to-install-aeds-in-recreational-hockey-arenas.)
“AEDs save lives; it’s that simple,” says Wayne Moriarity, owner of Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region. “That’s why the initiative to install AEDs in hockey arenas across Canada is a necessary one.”
Only three months into this year and the initiative has already reached 80% of its goal and taught more than 12,000 people how to operate the device. Reports say that defibrillators installed in this campaign have already saved three lives and the plan is to extend the campaign to other high-traffic areas once all of the arenas have been properly equipped.
“It goes without saying that hockey is a popular sport that many parents and grandparents go out to watch and support their children and grandchildren,” Moriarity observes. “With the intensity of the game, anything can happen, and it’s good for these organizations to be taking a proactive approach to safety for elders and other onlookers.”
Heinz explains that though AEDs will benefit anyone present in the arena, seniors are more susceptible to heart attacks or other sudden heart conditions. As a nation, more ideas like this one need to be considered as the need to care for seniors continues to grow year after year.
“This initiative is a huge undertaking and one that both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation should be proud of,” Moriarity concludes. “The players and their families can feel more at ease in case of any sudden heart failure thanks to the knowledge that a defibrillator is available.”
Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region supports any initiative that considers seniors. For more information on Home Care Assistance – Halton/Peel Region, visit http://www.GreaterTorontoHomeCare.ca.