January 24, 2014
Ontario Government’s Action Plan Benefiting Seniors and Their Caregivers
Ontario is making it easier for seniors to stay safe, active and engaged in their communities.
One year after its launch, the province’s seniors and their caregivers are seeing results from Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The plan is focused on addressing the growing needs of the province’s aging population and providing seniors with better access to health care, quality resources and improved safety and security.
The province has delivered on many commitments laid out in the Action Plan, including:
- The Age-Friendly Community Planning Guide – a resource to help municipalities develop physical and social environments that support independent and active living to help seniors stay connected to their communities.
- The Finding Your Way program – the first of its kind in Canada, the program was developed in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. It offers a range of tools to educate and empower seniors, families, caregivers, police officers and the broader community in recognizing and responding to seniors who have wandered or gone missing.
- The Seniors Community Grant Program – the grant program aims to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities by providing funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement. Applications for this program will open February 21, 2014.
- Elderly Persons Centres (EPCs) – Responsibility for Ontario’s 270 EPCs, which provide recreational programs and seniors’ information fairs, is being transferred to the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Retirement Homes Act Regulation – Over the past year, new requirements came into effect, including additional annual staff training, a formal complaints process, police background checks for retirement home staff and volunteers, and mandatory extra expense insurance for retirement homes to ensure coverage of residents’ accommodation and care costs during emergencies.
Ensuring that seniors and their caregivers have access to the services they need, when and where they need them is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.