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, ...more »
Create an Ontario pension modeled on the CPP. Defined benefit plans are increasingly rare, defined contribution plans are volatile. Traditional savings vehicles do not provide adequate return for retirement.
Elder Abuse of all types needs to be treated as seriously as child abuse, socially and legally. Elder abuse happens in the person's home at the hands of family members, and it happens in seniors' care facilities. It should be identified as a crime ...more »
Many seniors don't have family next door to help out with errands, to keep an eye (daily check in etc- as might be required), someone to help around the house with little, occasional problems, someone, as may be needed to help make sure bills get paid etc--all the things a supportive adult child might do and might be willing to do if only their elders lived closer.... Might we found an agency that would 'certify' volunteers ...more »
Sometimes residents in LTC are medicated as a means of keeping them quiet and passive.
Is zombie-hood what you want for yourself or your parents if 'living' your last days, months, or even years in LTC is in the future for you or them?
Long-term care facilities should be required to have a facility pet (or pets) in every ward of the facility unless, after a submitting an application providing adequate justification, a specific exemption has been granted. There is little doubt that people residing in a long-term care facility, such as a hospice or nursing home, experience significant health benefits from pets. Pets help them to cope with the emotional ...more »
British Columbia has offered a property tax deferment program for a number of years. It is a low-interest loan program that assists qualifying homeowners in British Columbia in paying the annual property taxes on their principal residences. There are two tax deferment programs: 1. The Regular Program which is for property owners who are 55 years or older, a surviving spouse or a person with disabilities as defined by ...more »
Create a grant program aimed at helping Ontario’s seniors and seniors groups through a grant mirrored on the federal governments New Horizons Program. The provincial program should go to fund seniors groups that: promote volunteerism; expand awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; support social participation and inclusion of seniors; and provide capital assistance for new and existing community projects ...more »
If you are a senior, or will eventually become one, (which is pretty much all of us), be very wary about placing your trust in the eldercare systems and the legal systems in Ontario which you believe are there to protect you. I would like you to consider supporting the several proposals that I've submitted to this forum regarding the (mostly unseen) systemic abuse and discrimination many vulnerable seniors experience ...more »
For years now a meal costing less than $4.00 at a restaurant has been subject to only a 6% tax. [Correction, it is 5%, and is GST] The idea behind this is to help lower income people who might occasionally be able to dine out, maybe some fast food places. And for years there were meals at many of these places which came in under the $4.00 mark. So a meal at $3.99 would be taxed 24 cents, [Oops, 20 cets] while a meal ...more »
The expectation that people should retire at 65 (unless the person is incompetent or incapable) is a big mistake. Warehousing or segregating old folks into residences, treatment, facilities, programs and so on, is a big mistake. Society as a whole, not just seniors, has suffered an enormous loss of knowledge, information, experience, compassion, respect etc by our current ...more »
After all, youth, students, visible minorities, recent immigrants, renters, users of public transit, welfare and disability recipients, senior citizens, the poor and even the wealthy, tend to be largely ignored by both the Wynne Liberals and the Hudak Conservatives, who would appear to be primarily concerned only with what is best for both Bay Street bankers as well as middle aged, middle class, propertied, car owners ...more »