2.12.17 - “We will help seniors stay in their own homes longer”
As part of the Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care plan, the government outlined their plans to continue investing in home care. This supplements the continued investment in Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit program. This program is allocated to helping low-income seniors with the costs of handrails, stair lifts and other modifications to make homes safer for seniors. The promise is considered in progress as long as the program, or a program with similar aims, continues to be funded.
“Last year, we dedicated over $1 billion to expand access to home care services over the next three years. This funding will benefit nearly 700,000 families who rely on home care annually by expanding home care services while recruiting and training more home care workers. It will help prevent unnecessary hospital and long-term care admissions and shorten hospital stays. Most importantly, it will provide you and your family with the choice to stay in your home longer. We are also working with Ontario Health Teams and home and community care providers to establish new home and community care programs. Your home care plan should and will start as soon as you step foot in the hospital or other health care settings. Connecting home and community care through these teams will expand the reach of health care professionals all the way to your front door and will ensure you start to receive these important services sooner. These investments and initiatives are only part of the solution. We know we need to do more to expand and improve home care services across the province, particularly in rural and remote areas. We will continue to make investments to ensure you and your family are able to connect to home care more quickly and easily, when you need support.”
“As part of the Ontario government’s plan to stay open, and to help seniors and recovering patients stay in the homes they love, the Ontario government is investing $1 billion more over the next three years to further expand home care.”
“The Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit is a temporary, refundable personal income tax credit that can help you make your home safer and more accessible, helping you stay in your home longer.”