New NDP plan to provide additional care for seniors in Brampton


Published October 22, 2020 at 4:20 pm

Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath, visited the Region of Peel virtually today (October 22), to discuss a new NDP plan committing to providing culturally responsive care for seniors.
The recently-launched eight-year NDP plan, Aging Ontarians Deserve the Best, commits to creating 50,000 new long-term care spaces and replacing for-profit care with fully public and not-for-profit care as well as transforming home care and long-term care across Ontario, beginning in 2022.

Today (October 22), Horwath visited Peel virtually with NDP MPPs Gurratan Singh (Brampton East), Sara Singh (Brampton Centre) and Kevin Yarde (Brampton North) to share how the plan would make a difference locally.

Additionally, Horwath highlighted the NDP’s commitment to partner with local communities to help them build long-term care homes for their seniors.
“Seniors and their families deserve to know that they will be able to access long-term care and home care that is responsive to their culture, religion and language,” said Horwath.

“And we can help keep people comfortable and supported in their homes for longer by ensuring home care is accessible and reliable.”
This plan invests a record amount into home care and transforms the system into a new, all public and not-for-profit system.

Horwath’s plan also includes culturally responsive home care, hiring and training staff who can communicate with seniors in their own languages in order to support them in a way that respects their individual cultures. 
“If seniors do need long-term care, it should feel like moving into a new home, not like giving up a home for an institution,” said Horwath.

“Liberal and Conservative governments have spent decades privatizing more and more of the home care and long-term care system. That’s led to a revolving door of underpaid, part-time and temp workers, run off their feet in care homes so understaffed that seniors are regularly neglected. Folks sick with dehydration and malnourishment, languishing in gloomy, institution-like facilities that offer one-size-fits-all care in one language alone.”
“We can make long-term care public and not-for-profit, so every last dollar goes into better care — including more culturally responsive care — and more peace of mind for families,” she concluded.

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