Ontario Retirement Communities Association wants commitment for seniors

Oakville, Ontario – The Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) wants a commitment from all parties this election to help seniors with a Senior Services Benefit.

Oakville, Ontario – The Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) wants a commitment from all parties this election to help seniors with a Senior Services Benefit.“By 2036 there will be over 5 million seniors in this country.

Every one of those seniors deserves a plan for their future that supports their interests,” said ORCA CEO Laurie Johnston.  “This election we want all parties to commit to a Senior Services Benefit that would act as a monthly allowance to help seniors pay for their housing and care needs.  We know seniors thrive when they are living in congregate settings – a Senior Services Benefit would alleviate financial pressure, empower choice and allow them to stay in the community as long as possible – now is the time!”A 2018 poll conducted by DART Insight and Communications for ORCA clearly shows that 79% of Canadians worry about having enough money to pay for their care when they need it; while 71% worry about being a burden on their family if they can’t look after themselves.

Almost all Canadians, 96%, agreed that social interaction is important for seniors’ health and wellbeing.  Ninety-four per cent of Canadians agreed that social isolation is associated with higher health risks and 91% of seniors agreed that they do not want to be socially isolated in their later years.ORCA is asking parties to commit to a Senior Services Benefit that would include the following principles:

– The Senior Services Benefit must include funding that flows to the senior – flexible enough for each to choose the services needed (e.g. rent, housing, assistance/support, meals, care, etc.);

– The Senior Services Benefit must establish funding that is sustainable and predictable;- The Senior Services Benefit must ensure funding that is awarded based on established, transparent criteria and a fair assessment;

– The Senior Services Benefit must be accountable.

“We know that 96% of families worry less if their loved one has supports to keep them safe and well – it’s never been a better time to do this,” said Johnston, “A Senior Services Benefit is an essential support to both the senior and their family – and would be a tremendous step in the right direction for Ontarians.”

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