Seniors

Seniors

  • Ensure residents of long term care facilities have at least 4 hours of daily care and that facilities are appropriately heated and cooled.
  • Prioritize public home care and rigorous standards for private practices already in existence.
  • Create a provincial dementia and Alzheimer’s strategy to ensure a coordinated framework for care – in hospitals, homes, hospices – and support for caregivers.
  • Increase geriatric training for medical practitioners.
  • Enact a Basic Income Guarantee for all residents to make sure everyone is living with a base level of financial support including seniors already receiving Old Age Security.
  • Help municipal governments meet the requirements of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Communities at base and universal design at best.
  • Provide grants to non-profit organizations setting up palliative care hospices.
  • Fund non-profit organizations dealing with elder abuse and providing affordable seniors’ well being programs, physically, mentally, spiritually.
  • Review the current social and legal policies to ensure that citizens and law enforcement officials recognize elder abuse, prevent it where possible and proceed with appropriate charges and consequences when elder abuse has occurred.
  • Review workplace policies to help end mandatory retirement and provide for flexible retirement benefits for those seniors who want to continue working.
  • Review provincial laws regulating the administration of pension plans, laws which now allow failure of pension trusts, and the loss of pension benefits which workers have earned, with the view to enacting legislation to protect the pension benefits.
  • Require that all corporate pension plans be audited to ensure that they are adequately funded and properly managed and set a policy directive to take corrective action when they are not.
  • Develop a set of provincial home care objectives in a Provincial Home Care policy that incorporates and improves upon existing policies affecting eldercare, including but not restricted to ensuring couples needing support and care can continue to live together, economic allowances (such as tax rebates), living choices, transportation, and respite care.
  • Ensure all seniors who qualify are made aware of available federal income supplements and instructed on how to apply for them.
  • Develop robust guidelines for care of the frail elderly who have special needs and require care by geriatric specialists.