AdvantAge Ontario welcomes the provincial government’s release of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. Key elements of the plan are directly in line with recommendations that the Association has long been calling for to improve care for seniors.
We are pleased to hear that the province is committed to increasing the provincial average to four hours of direct care per resident per day for seniors living in long term care homes. In addition to more hours of care, the government is committing to providing specialized training in behavioural supports and in palliative and end-of-life care as well as focusing on ensuring greater access to culturally appropriate homes and in-home supports. The government also announced 5,000 new long term care beds by 2022, and a total of over 30,000 new beds in the next decade.
AdvantAge Ontario will advocate to ensure that commitments are put in place and that the needed funding and resources are provided to the sector to support implementation.