CARP Welcomes the McGuinty Government's Aging At Home Strategy

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Kudos to Minister George Smitherman for his
initiative to transform community health care services in order to allow
seniors healthy, independent living in their own homes. CARP strongly supports
the government's investment in this important area of public health care!
    It's what CARP and Ontario seniors have been asking for - and CARP
commends the McGuinty government for listening and responding to the real
needs and choices of the aging population.
    The promised $700 million for community support services and the
government's commitment to support innovative strategies to improve community
health services will especially benefit frail seniors, but also their
caregivers. Moreover, the health care system as a whole will be more effective
and efficient with delayed, reduced and even eliminated ER visits and
institutional care. This will, of course, impact positively on wait times.
    CARP has waited a long time for such action, and now looks forward to
increased capacity of agencies to provide integrated programs of adequate and
appropriate community services to all seniors with physical and mental

    A national organization with 400,000 members across the country (250,000
in Ontario ), CARP's mandate is to promote and protect the rights and quality
of life for older Canadians. This initiative is a major step in that

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