On November 28th, it was announced by Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, representing Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care at the Alzheimer Society in Toronto, that Ontario will be providing new patient navigators to assist every person that has been diagnosed with dementia. To achieve this, it is planned that there will be an expansion of the First Link Program to cover communities province-wide. This will make access to care, regardless of residency, more reliable and consistent for families living with dementia. First Link Care Navigator will be assigned to over 14,00 people diagnosed with dementia, and their care partners, through this enlargement of the Alzheimer Society's First Link program. The 46 planned First Link Care Navigator’s, that will be hired, will be tasked with the job to aid these families use local programs and resources. In addition to these navigators, the province will also be increasing access to community programs, specifically designed for persons living with dementia, to 8,000 persons living with dementia and their families, as an act of respite. These activities are designed to foster meaningful social and recreational interactions and will include things akin to art, music, and exercise. This initiative is a part of Ontario’s plan to, in this time where we are seeing fast economic changes, create opportunity and fairness to a variety of communities.
AUTHOR(S): Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
DATE RETRIEVED: December 1st, 2017