Queen’s Park: Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees accused the Minister of Health of rationing home care support services for seniors.
The charge was made during debate on the floor of the legislature when Klees took advantage of the Minister’s presence in the chamber while debating an unrelated bill.
“We’re being told in our constituency offices, by families and by seniors, that essential home care that was provided for them in their retirement homes… can no longer be continued,” said Klees. “They’re being asked to help the government by rationing the kind of home care support services that they’re getting”.
Klees pointed out that similar cut-backs in essential services are being seen in other areas of health care as well.
“Whether it’s life-saving cancer drugs, treatment for mental health disorders or support services for children with autism, the government is abdicating its responsibility and leaving people with nowhere to turn,” said Klees.
The concerns regarding home care for seniors have been prompted by a recent announcement that delivery of the services has been transferred to CHATS, a not-for-profit charitable organization.
“We are being assured that there will be no change in the level of care that seniors will get once the delivery of services is handed over to CHATS,” said Klees. “I will be watching to ensure that is the case. The last place we should be cutting back is on services for our seniors.”
Klees has been told that representatives of CHATS will be conducting one-on-one interviews with seniors to advise them of the care they can expect to receive under the new service delivery model. Once those meetings have taken place, he will be meeting with residents of the various seniors residences to get their feedback.
“I will remain hopeful that the reports I get back will be positive,” said Klees. “If there are issues that need to be addressed, we will deal with them.”
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