In Sault Ste. Marie, one of the biggest priorities for seniors is to be able to live in their own homes for as long as possible. Across the province, many seniors are finding themselves in the same situation: wanting to live independently, but finding it difficult to keep up with their expenses and find appropriate care.
“Seniors in Sault Ste. Marie have worked hard to build up this community, and they deserve our respect and our support. When it comes to caring for our aging loved ones, I know that many families have concerns about what their options are. We have a responsibility to provide support to our seniors and their caregivers,” said Jaclynne Hamel, Ontario Liberal candidate for Sault Ste. Marie.
The 2018 Ontario Liberals’ plan includes the Seniors’ Healthy Homes Program, a new benefit that will provide up to $750 a year to help seniors manage the costs of living in their own homes. Coupled with a $650 million funding increase for home care services – which creates 2.8 million hours of personal support care, 284,000 more in-home nursing visits and 58,000 more therapy visits – more seniors will be able to live at home for as long as they choose.
“In Sault Ste. Marie, this means that seniors have more options for their care. As our community ages, we need to make sure that these programs are kept in tact. Now is not the time to cuts for seniors’ care. We need to make sure that seniors and retirees have the opportunity to enjoy the pride and comfort of living in their own homes.”