WE ARE COMMITTED TO TAKING CARE OF OUR SENIORS.
Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the most rapidly aging populations in Canada. We have worked hard to ensure older adults and seniors are fully engaged in their homes and communities.
We are making the lives of older adults and seniors better:
- Easy Access to the Personal Care Home Subsidy
- Allowing seniors to keep more of their money
- Building more supports for seniors
- Home First program
- Addressing transportation needs
- Staying in their homes or communities for as long as possible
EASY ACCESS TO PERSONAL CARE HOME SUBSIDY.
There has been no change to the process for seniors to access the Long Term Care and Community Support Service.
Care and support service are provided to individuals who qualify and need long term support in order to help them perform the activities of daily living and maintain maximum independence. Access to publicly funded service subsidies requires:
- Professional assessment of need
- Mental and physical health assessment
- Financial assessment
- Meeting of service eligibility criteria
PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THE HANDS OF SENIORS.
We’ve eliminated the liquid asset test, putting more money in the hands of seniors.
Seniors shouldn’t have to give up their hard earned savings when applying for long-term care and community supports. New applicants are now assessed on an income basis and existing clients will be reassessed when their annual reassessment date comes up. This means our seniors now keep more of their own money.
Our Seniors’ Benefit and Income Supplement help put more money in seniors’ pockets:
- $123 million allocated in Budget 2019 for NL Income Supplement and NL Seniors’ Benefit. This benefit will provide up to $1,300 annually to adults aged 65 and older, of which, approximately 70 per cent of single beneficiaries are women.
- Through the Income Supplement, qualifying families are eligible to receive upwards of $650 per year, with an additional $200 for each child. Other families would receive more or less depending on their individual circumstances.
- In 2018, approximately 47,000 seniors and their families received the Seniors’ Benefit and approximately 154,000 families received the Income Supplement.
As our population continues to age, we are ensuring that the resources are in place for residents to be full and active participants in their communities by:
- Investing $95,000 annually for the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Communities Program. This program offers funding to incorporated municipalities, and Indigenous governments and communities throughout the province to support planning for changing demographics.
- Creating the Community Transportation Program in recognition of the many barriers to transportation, including age, disability, geography, and income. These barriers can significantly hinder the independence of people who are non-drivers and can lead to social isolation.
- $300,000 was provided to programs in Grand Bank, L’Anse au Loup, St. John’s, New-Wes-Valley and surrounding area and Twillingate through the Community Transportation Program, Budget 2019 allocates another $300,000 for this program, and a call for applications will be issued in the coming months.
- An additional $270,000 is available for seniors organizations, which will provide additional funding up to $2,000 for 135 seniors groups to enhance their programming was allocated in Budget 2019.
- $1.8 million per year is invested in seniors organizations to fund eligible programs and infrastructure that promotes healthy active living through the Community Healthy Living Fund.
BUILDING MORE SUPPORTS FOR SENIORS.
We’re building the supports for our seniors close to the communities they live.
Supporting our ageing population across the province has been, and will continue to be a priority of the Liberal team. Projects that are have been announced and are scheduled for construction:
- Corner Brook: 120 Long-term care beds, 15 palliative care beds, 10 rehabilitative care beds
- Botwood: 20 bed expansion of the protective care unit
- Grand Falls-Windsor: 60 Long-term care beds
- Gander: 60 Long-term care beds
- Happy Valley – Goose Bay: 6-Bed mental health unit
- St. Anthony: 8 Long-term care beds
HOME FIRST PROGRAM.
We have an aging population in our province, and more people needing specialized care. Our government is responding to those realities. Budget 2019 provides additional funding so our residents can have enhanced home-based supports for people with complex care needs. This advances our “Home First” approach to health care: providing better supports that help people remain in their homes for as long as possible.
Through “Home First”, people with complex needs, which includes living with dementia or needing palliative care, will be able to access a team of health care providers, including:
- Social Workers
- Occupational Therapists
- Behavior Management Specialists and Recreational Therapists
The team of health care providers will be focused on three areas of support:
- Rehabilitative care
- Dementia care
- Palliative care
The benefits of this approach include:
- Providing more responsive care
- Reducing emergency room visits and pressure on hospitals
- Reducing caregiver stress