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Ontario Dementia Strategy Provides Supports for People with Dementia and their Families

Monday, May 8, 2017

Part of Ontario’s 2017 Budget is dedicated to making excellent care more easily accessible to people with dementia and their partners in care. Included in these new supports are plans to: improve transportation to and from day programs; expand respite services for care partners; increase behavioural supports in long term care, at home, and in the wider community; coordinate care and improve communication and cooperation between healthcare providers and community care professionals; enhance education about dementia for healthcare providers; and launch public awareness campaigns to reduce the stigma surrounding the disease. The provincial dementia strategy will strive to make available all necessary supports, funds, and services to ensure that people with dementia are treated with respect and dignity and are informed of and involved in all decisions about their own healthcare, thereby maintaining a high quality of life as well as a high level of independence. The Ontario government plans to invest $100 million into the dementia strategy over the next three years, and the overall healthcare budget is increasing 3.8% from last year. Minister of Senior Affairs Dipika Damerla explains, “This new strategy provides enhanced quality of care for patients with dementia, while also adding further supports for caregivers. This investment will help Ontario seniors to age safely and with dignity.”

SOURCE: Ontario Newsroom: https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2017/05/more-support-for-people-living-with-dementia-and-their-families.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

DATE RETRIEVED: May 4, 2017

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