More Support for People Living with Dementia, and Their Families

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More Support for People Living with Dementia, and Their Families

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Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn is the MPP for Oakville. He is the Minister of Labour, and has held the following positions: Chief Government Whip, Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure. He has been involved in Oakville politics since he was elected in 1986.

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As part of the 2017 Budget, Ontario is improving access to high-quality care for people living with dementia and their care partners. There are approximately 175,000 people in Ontario living with dementia, with the number expected to grow as the population ages. It is estimated that 6.5 per cent are 66 years old and younger.

“As the population ages, it is imperative to transform and improve care for current and future generations. Anyone suffering from dementia needs timely access to health care professionals and comprehensive care that meets their individual needs and provides critical supports to their caregivers. This funding underscores the importance of the work we do at Baycrest to improve outcomes in these areas every day, and will go a long way to help strengthen the system of support for Ontarians,” commented Bill Reichman, President and CEO, Baycrest.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, were at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto to highlight the new supports that are part of Ontario’s dementia strategy. These include:

A fully funded and comprehensive dementia strategy will help ensure people living with dementia, their care partners and their families have access to the resources and services they need to live as well, and for as long as possible, at home and in the community,” stated Chris Dennis, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

  1. Increasing access to adult day programs for people with dementia and additional hours of care and transportation to help people travel to their local program location.
  2. Enhancing caregiver respite services, both in-home or overnight, so that caregivers can schedule breaks for rest, family commitments or other priorities.
  3. Expanding behavioural supports, which are tools and techniques used to address behavioural symptoms of dementia, in all long-term care homes and providing similar support at home and in the community.
  4. Improving the coordination of care, including building strong partnerships between primary, specialist and community care providers that are critical to help people with dementia live well.
  5. Continuing to invest in health care providers’ education with in-person, educational resources and public awareness about the signs and symptoms of dementia to support geriatric care.
  6. Raising awareness about dementia risk factors and red ucing stigma through targeted public awareness campaigns to inform and educate people in Ontario about dementia and how to maintain a healthy brain.

Through the new dementia strategy, the province will ensure that everyone living with dementia in Ontario, their families and their care partners have the right supports, funding and tools in place to make informed decisions about their care and that they continue to be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

Through the 2017 budget, Ontario is also making it easier for people who care for loved ones, with more respite services that allow people to take a break from their unpaid duties, increased education and training opportunities for caregivers, and a new, streamlined Ontario Caregiver Tax Credit.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

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