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Making home care possible for everyone in Ontario

Every Ontarian should have the choice to care for their loved one at home. We all need to become better informed about the cost, both financial and personal, to enable seniors to remain in their home. I want to be part of this conversation and part of a Liberal Party that makes home care a priority policy issue. It makes good sense, economically and socially, but it's complex and difficult for most Ontarians, right now, to make home care a reality.

Submitted by speedclaire 10 months ago

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    10 months ago

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  1. Couldn't have said it better myself!!

    9 months ago
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  2. No question it is a far, far cheaper way to care for people vs hospitals and other options, plus it allows people to stay in their homes much longer. A win-win so why isn't it used more?

    9 months ago
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    1. speedclaire Idea Submitter

      Thanks John for your comment. We need to know costs - monetary and social - of caring for people in hospitals vs at home. What kind of message do we give our youth when we hand-over the care of our seniors to a health care system that inadequately cares for them? In some cultures, adult children fight over who will care for an elderly family member. Not in Ontario, and that's largely because the system isn't set up for the majority of us to care for a loved one at home.

      9 months ago
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  3. As long as the care provided at home is better than many "retirement homes" where seniors are just too often abused and neglected.

    9 months ago
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  4. The cost issue is not clear for seniors. My understanding is that a lot of seniors in retirement residences pay out of their own pockets or their families pay. However, it seems that under the system proposed here, all homecare would be paid for by the taxpayer.

    9 months ago
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  5. speedclaire Idea Submitter

    What I would like to see is government making allowances for family members to provide homecare to their loved ones. That does not mean paying for it. But what it can mean is providing tax credits or EI provisions beyond what is currently provided through the compassionate care benefit currently offered. Generally, there is one member of the family who dedicates him/herself to overseeing the caregiving (hiring staff)/food provision (special meal prep)/medical needs (appointments) of a loved one who stays home rather than going into subsidized assisted living situation. Holding down a full time job while overseeing critical responsibilities at home can lead to stress and burnout. Cutting down hours without feeling the additional stress of reduced finances could go a long way to making homecare possible for a lot more Ontarians.

    9 months ago
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  6. I think before we discuss this issue, we need to have rules for pay to the employees who do this work. I am a home help worker, and can't pay my own bills doing this job so I have 2 other jobs on top of a full time job. I would love for people to be able to stay in their own homes but wonder where all the money will come from to continue to support this.

    8 months ago
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