Care for Seniors
The Ontario government is funding care for seniors to make sure they have access to high quality, professional care, whether they are living at home or in long-term care. Premier Kathleen Wynne said that this new investment will make a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors and their caregivers.
“Our seniors deserve the same dignity and comfort in their golden years that they have given to others along the way — as mothers and fathers and mentors and coworkers,” the Premier said to a room filled with caregivers this morning.
$300 million over three years
Long-term care homes will receive $300 million over three years to increase care hours and support hiring more nurses and personal support workers. Ontario is committed to reaching a provincial average of four hours of direct care per day for every resident in long-term care, and this will help us get there. The government is also investing $650 million over three years to increase personal support, nursing and therapy visits and caregiver respite hours. We are committing to an $8 billion equipment fund to prevent falls and injuries and new funding so every long-term care home can better care for residents with dementia. Most importantly, is the Seniors’ Health Home Program, a $1 billion investment over three years. This new program will provide up to $750 per year for eligible households led by seniors who are 75 years and over and choose to live independently in their own homes.
The number of seniors in Ontario is expected to grow from 2.4 million
today to 4.5 million by 2040.
“This is no time to cut seniors care,” Premier Wynne said. “We need to do more and these investments will ensure our parents and grandparents get the care they need, when and where they need it.”
Since 2013, the government has expanded its investment in home and community care by about $250 million per year, in addition to ongoing funding of more than $5 billion. Ontario is improving hospitals by providing better access to care, reducing wait times, addressing capacity issues and better meeting the needs of Ontario’s growing and aging population through an additional $822 million investment in 2018–19 — the largest increase to the hospital sector in almost a decade. The province will provide approximately $19 billion in capital grants over 10 years to continue building infrastructure that will support the health needs of local communities and residents.
Free prescription drugs
Improving access to high-quality care for seniors is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicine in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and easier access to affordable child care.
Source: Office of the Premier of Ontario, Hon. Kathleen Wynne