Home Care Ontario | Jun 06, 2017
The theme for Ontario’s 33rd anniversary of Seniors’ Month in Ontario is Living Your Best Life.
Home care is uniquely about people first. Care is provided in the patient’s home and home is where Ontarians want to remain for as long as possible. As seniors consider their options to maintaining their wellbeing, many will choose to retain services, such as home care, to remain independent.
In honouring seniors during Seniors’ Month, government can do more by adopting a proactive enabling approach to aging. Progressive policies that address transportation, social isolation and support for family caregivers will encourage older adults to remain at home and contributing to their communities. It is time to speak openly about preparing for old age and discussing the full range of service options, privately purchased and government funded, that are available.
As seniors give to their communities so must their communities give to them. This requires integrated and inclusive comprehensive policy decisions that demonstrate a shift from ‘caring for’ to ‘caring about’ seniors. Seniors’ Month reminds all Ontarians to think about making a difference by actively contributing to the creation of an age friendly society.