Most of us would like to age in place in our home, but our ability to do so safely and independently depends on several factors. According to recent CARP polls, older voters want to hear more before the election on how parties would address key health issues: specifically, long-term care and home care.
CARP Members Call on Parties to Fix Long-Term Care
The first poll, conducted by CARP and AdvantAge Ontario, revealed a massive 99 percent of respondents said long-term care is important in the upcoming election.
The top three most identified issues in long-term care were:
- long wait lists
- adequate staff levels
- local availability of beds
A Home Care Poll found that two-thirds of respondents just aren’t confident that there is adequate, publicly funded, home care and community support.
Ontario’s action plan
To improve services, reflecting on the changing composition of residents, Ontario has provided a solution called the “Aging with Confidence” Action Plan, including:
- Increased home care hours
They will provide 2.6 million additional home care hours this year, including personal support, nursing, physical and speech therapy.
- Better access to in-home health care
Expanding the seniors’ house-call program to include additional healthcare providers such as social workers, therapists and nurses, to reduce your need to travel to healthcare providers and stay healthy in the comfort of your own home.
- Supporting naturally occurring retirement communities
Continued support for communities promoting social interaction and fighting isolation, such as apartment buildings or housing developments where many seniors already live close to one another.
Their action plan will allow you to stay in your home longer, enjoying a higher quality of life and a greater level of independence.
To access the services mentioned, contact your local LHIN or call 905-948-1872.