TORONTO, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - The government's announcement of $702 million
for an Aging at Home Strategy that will expand community-based services is
great news for Ontario's seniors and their families.
"Community agencies are at the grassroots of healthcare, providing very
important services and supports such as supportive housing, meals,
transportation, shopping and adult day programs, all of which help to keep
people where they want to be - in their own homes for as long as possible,"
said Donna Rubin, CEO of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and
Services for Seniors.
The Aging at Home Strategy will roll out over three years starting
April 1, 2008, and will be led by the Local Health Integration Networks
(LHINs). A portion of the funding is earmarked for innovative approaches to
service delivery that address the needs of culturally diverse populations,
marginalized and at risk seniors and that build capacity for members of the
community to help each other.
"This very significant investment is a huge boost for a sector that is so
passionate, hardworking and committed to helping seniors live healthy,
independent lives. It is truly exciting to consider the innovative thinking
and creative solutions that will come out of this initiative," added Rubin.
OANHSS has long recognized the value of an adequately funded, integrated
continuum of care that provides seniors with the right service, in the right
place, at the right time. With this investment, agencies will have the
capacity to enhance and expand the range of services available that allow
seniors to live at home.
"In the end, all of this will mean more choices for seniors and their
families, which is what is most important," said Rubin.
OANHSS members offer a diverse and comprehensive network of
not-for-profit care and support services across the province. The Association
looks forward to working with the Ministry and the LHINs on the implementation
of this important strategy.
OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit
providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members include
municipal and charitable long term care homes, non-profit nursing homes,
seniors' housing projects and community service agencies. Member organizations
operate over 27,000 long term care beds and over 5,000 seniors' housing units
across the province.
For further information:
For further information: Debbie Humphreys, (905) 851-8821 ext 233