Helping Seniors Live at Home Longer

Liberal Budget Creates $750 Benefit for Seniors Living Independently, Boosts Home Care Supports

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ETOBICOKE — Ontario Liberal Party Leader and Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the home of Bob and Christa Stewart in Etobicoke this morning to talk about the challenges seniors face in living independently in their homes and the Liberal plan to help ease the burden.

Like millions of seniors living in condos, apartments and single family homes, Bob and Christa would like to stay in their home as long as possible but are finding it harder and harder to keep up with their expenses and find the right care. 

“Seniors built this province,” Premier Wynne said. “Government has a responsibility to make sure our parents and grandparents can live at home where they are most comfortable, and receive the care and support they need to age with confidence and dignity. Families are stepping up, and we need to help ease that burden and bring some relief to caregivers.” The Premier said this is why the 2018 Liberal Budget, which passed yesterday, includes:

  • The Seniors’ Healthy Homes Program — a new benefit that will provide up to $750 a year to help seniors manage the costs of maintaining their homes and living independently in the community, whether in a condo, apartment or house. 
  • A $650 million funding boost for home care services to make available 2.8 million more hours of personal support care, 284,000 more in-home nursing visits and 58,000 more therapy visits. 

As a result of these changes, millions of people will be able to live at home for as long as they choose. 

“We all need care to live well,” said the Premier. “And when someone we love isn’t getting the care they need, the worry and stress affects the whole family. Nobody should have to feel overwhelmed and helpless. And we can always do more to support our seniors and their families. But we have to be willing to invest. And Doug Ford just isn’t going to invest. Doug Ford wants to cut $10 billion. You can’t make cuts like that without slashing home care supports and gutting seniors care. The choice in this election is so stark. He wants to cut. I know that now is the time for care.” 

Quick facts:

  • The Liberal government has increased its investments in home and community care by $250 million every year since 2013, bringing more care into more people’s homes
  • The 2018 Budget builds on OHIP+ Pharmacare for Children and Youth by making publically funded pharmacare available to everyone 65 and over beginning in 2019, saving the average senior about $240 a year
  • The Liberal plan for care and opportunity includes funding to build 30,000 new beds at long-term care homes over the next decade, in addition to the 30,000 currently being redeveloped, and funding to hire an additional Registered Nurse for every long-term care home and provide an average of four hours of direct care to every resident, every day
  • Doug Ford’s Conservatives have no plan to support seniors. They are planning billions of dollars of cuts that would eat into the supports and services seniors and their families rely on


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