Plan For Change Delivers Quality Care For Seniors
Home Care For 100,000 More Ontarians, Improved Long-Term Care For Over 70,000 Seniors
OTTAWA -- Ontario's four-year Plan for Change will help more seniors stay in their own homes by delivering quality home care for an additional 100,000 Ontarians, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Our population is growing and it's aging. We owe it to Ontarians to ensure that home care is there for our seniors and sick -- for all of us should we need it," Premier McGuinty said.
The government plans to invest an additional $88 million in home care this year -- rising to $448 million over the next four years.
"And when seniors can no longer stay in their own homes, they deserve long- term care that treats them with dignity and respect," said Premier McGuinty during a visit to the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre.
This week's Budget will improve long-term care for over 70,000 Ontarians in long-term care homes.
It will boost hands-on care by hiring 2,000 new staff, 600 of them nurses, train front-line staff to provide more personal care, and establish a new independent advocate for seniors in long-term care homes, who will oversee inspections and compliance.
Premier McGuinty, who worked as an orderly in a veterans' hospital as a young man, said the plan also funds the 3,760 new long-term care beds opening this year.
Home care provides personal support and homemaking, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language services, social work and compassionate end-of-life care for seniors who need help to live on their own -- as well as patients discharged from hospital, individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and other physical and mental disabilities.
Long-term care homes provide ongoing care to seniors who are unable to stay in their own homes but do not require the acute care provided by hospitals.
"With our four-year plan for change, we have chosen to work with Ontarians to deliver the results in health care we all want and may all some day need," Premier McGuinty said."This is the right thing to do, with Ontarians, for Ontarians."