Our position statements
This report was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care highlighting recommendations for an Ontario’s Seniors Strategy. It’s needed because of the growth in people over 65 and the increasing complexity of providing care to an ageing population. Recommendations include:
- Promoting physical activity
- Public awareness of programs and services
- Access to primary care
- Care coordination across sectors
- Enhancing the provision of home and community care services
- Specific improvements to acute care for seniors
- Enhancing long-term care.
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s positions are in line with Dr. Sinha’s on enhancing the skill set of staff who provide direct care to people living with dementia, whether in their home, the community or in long-term care homes.
Jan 2013: “Ontario Action Plan for Health,” Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
The MOHLTC released this progress report and action plan to assess changes since 2003, outlining current challenges and their plan for improving the current health system. It is a patient-centred approach with 3 goals:
- Keeping Ontario healthy
- Faster access and stronger links to family health care
- Receiving the right care, in the right place, at the right time
These principles align with ASO’s vision. It will be up to agencies like ours to ensure the government acts on these plans in a timely and equitable manner.
Jan 2013: “Ontario Action Plan for Seniors,” Ontario Senior’s Secretariat.
This Action Plan was launched in recognition of the increase of seniors across Ontario and the desire for people to age with health and dignity. The plan provides a framework for addressing the needs of vulnerable seniors while supporting healthy aging for all seniors.
It outlines government “successes” since 2003 and builds on the Dr. Sinha report mentioned above. The goal is to keep seniors healthy by improving existing health services across sectors, supporting senior-friendly communities and ensuring safety through elder-abuse and wandering prevention.
The Wandering Prevention Program known as Finding Your Way™ (trademark?) is administered through the Alzheimer Society of Ontario in conjunction with the Ontario Government and funded by the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat. Launched in March 2012, this multilingual public safety initiative is design to prevent senior’s from going missing and ensuring a plan is in place if they do.