Free prescription drugs for people over 65, more support for seniors to live independently at home through the Seniors Healthy Home Program, relief for families caring for their aging loved ones, expanded home care supports and more long-term care beds
Ontario’s seniors built our province, through decades of hard work, sacrifice and achievement.
In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Since then, to support our seniors as they age, the Ontario Liberal government has doubled funding of home and community care over the past 10 years. We have also created more than 10,000 new long-term care beds since 2003, allocated 5,000 new beds over the next four years and committed to building 30,000 over the next decade. We have expanded access to hospice and palliative care to support compassionate end-of-life care.
But we are hearing from people that we need to do more. Ontario is aging faster than ever before and, for the first time, older people in the province now outnumber younger ones. Across Ontario, there are now more than two million seniors and their families trying to navigate this next phase of life as best they can.
That’s why the Ontario Liberals will provide more care for seniors that helps them to age with confidence, respect and dignity. Our plan will:
- Provide free prescription drugs to people over 65, making life more affordable for 2.6 million seniors and their families
- Help seniors continue to live independently at home for as long as possible, through increased access to home and community care and up to $750 per year through the Seniors Healthy Home Program to help with home maintenance costs
- Expand community services for those living with dementia, supporting an additional 8,000 people
- Provide more respite support for caregivers
- Create 30,000 new long-term care beds over the next 10 years
- Increase the number of daily hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care for long-term care residents to a provincial average of four hours a day by 2022
- Invest an additional $15 million in 2018-19 to improve access to community-based palliative care
- Provide immediate access to OHIP-insured home and palliative care for patients moving to Ontario and for Ontario patients moving out of Ontario to be with their families or caregivers
- Ensure every long-term care home in Ontario has staff with training in behavioural supports and palliative and end-of-life care