2011 Equality Report Card Excerpt: Caregiving to Seniors

↗ There has been an increase of $2 million to the Home Care budget in the past two years, with a further 17% increase committed in the 2011-2012 budget. There has been an increase of 30+ full-time equivalent staff for home care, and funding is promised for a pilot project to provide home care to frail seniors. These are important investments that signal an ongoing commitment to seniors’ health.

↗ The Advisory Council recognizes improvements to programs that are important to seniors: slightly increased eligibility for the Seniors Home Repair program and substantial investment in the Palliative Home Care Drug program.

↗ The Advisory Council supports government’s work with health and community partners to develop a Provincial Dementia Strategy. We encourage government to continue using partnerships and collaborative models to benefit seniors’ mobility and health.

→ These investments and pilot projects in home care meet Council’s expectations. However, the Advisory Council suggests that home care initiatives are starting from almost nothing and must respond to the increasing demands of an aging population. The Council advises that seniors should be a major focus of and will be great beneficiaries from a poverty reduction plan for the Island. The number of seniors on the Island is set to explode, and reactive policy-making will not be enough: What is the ten-year plan to support them and those who help care for them?

Measures to address the needs of seniors for elder care, home care, and other non-professional services in their homes and communities: B-

This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.

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