Response to government summaries
For the 2013 budget consultations, ASO presented two initiatives that would require a modest monetary investment from the government.
- Flexible respite options that are self-directed allow people to choose what services they need, when they need them and who will provide these services.
- Ontario Dementia Network’s Dementia Caregiver Afterhours Helpline, launched in October 2013, provides help to caregivers after regular business hours and is connected to existing Telehealth services.
ASO asked the Ontario government to support First Link®, respite care, early diagnosis and brain health promotion.
In preparation for Budget 2011, ASO presented to the Standing Committee on Flexible respite options and the First Link® program.
May 2010: Presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, Bill 21 – An Act to Regulate Retirement Homes
This presentation to the Standing Committee highlights sections of the Act that present great concern to people with dementia and their families. These include:
- There is no provision for how specialized skills will be applied to care of person with dementia
- The inclusion of restraints and secure units within the retirement home model
- The privatization of care under this Act as health services are provided within privately funded retirement homes at huge cost to the resident