Senior care has been a question this federal election campaign. As Canadians wonder what will be done on a national scale to increase senior support, party leaders haven’t fell short of promising an increase in funding. The Liberals, Conservatives, Greens, and New Democrats have promised increased financial support. The party platforms on senior care are as follows:
- Liberal Party: increase old age security by 10% at 75 years of age, increase Canada Pension Plan Survivor’s Benefit by 25%
- Conservative Party: increase the Age Credit by $1,000
- NDP: national senior strategy including a funded national dementia strategy and elder abuse prevention plan
- Green Party: implement national senior strategy and boost CPP target Income replacement rate from 25% to 50%
A local senior care specialist emphasized the importance of moving beyond funding by investing in home and social care. Alec Morgana, co-founder and Wellness Manager of Call The Grandkids, says he’s working to fill the gaps in our senior care system.
“Home support provided publicly through the government, that is almost entirely health care based, so that’s where seniors and people that need personal care and more the medical side of things. They’re really not funded and able to help when it comes to the companionship side of things.” – Alec Morgana, Call The Grandkids co-founder and Wellness Manager