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Ottawa, Apr 11 (Canadian-Media): In its commitment to improve access to high-quality care for seniors, the Ontario government is investing for seniors to make sure they have access to high quality, professional care, whether they are living at home or in long-term care, media reports said.
Kathleen Wynne. Image credit: Twitter handle
This new investment, said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, 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,” Wynne said to a room filled with caregivers this morning.
A funding of $300 million over three years would be given to long-term care homes to enable them to increase care hours and support hiring more nurses and personal support workers.
This measures would reportedly help Ontario in its commitment to reaching a provincial average of four hours of direct care per day for every resident in long-term care.
An investing $650 million over three years by Ontario government would also help in increasing personal support, nursing and therapy visits and caregiver respite hours.
It is estimated that 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,” 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.”
To prevent falls and injuries in every long term care home and to better care for residents with dementia, Ontario is committing to an $8 billion equipment fund.
Most importantly, Seniors’ Health Home Program, would receive a $1 billion investment over three years.
This 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.
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 providing better access to care in hospitals, reducing wait times, and to more efficiently meet 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.
Approximately $19 billion in capital grants over 10 years would be provided by the province to continue building infrastructure to support the health needs of local communities and residents.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)