Some local context to consider completing the Ontario dementia strategy survey

From Beverlee McIntosh.  If you did not complete the on line survey being conducted by Ontario Government, a SWAG colleague suggested some other issues which we might bring to government’s attention through this survey.

  • In the 1990s CCAC had an overnight PSW pilot project.  It got cut as too expensive.  In the light of sundowner syndrome, it was a real bonus for sleep deprived caregivers.
  • I highlighted the unfair fee for respite care which meant that the most stressed caregivers, those already stressed by living life on  on OW and ODSP, could not have a break via respite, and often had no means to transport to day programs.

    Here is Original Survey*************************************************************************

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day, and starting today, the province is inviting Ontarians to share their views on the new strategy
through an online survey and will hold in-person consultations this fall. Public input is being sought on key issues, including:

  • Providing supports to help people with dementia live well
  • Ensuring access to the right information and services at the right time
  • Coordinating care between health care and other service providers
  • Supporting care partners with their caregiving responsibilities
  • Having a well-trained workforce to provide dementia care
  • Raising awareness and reducing stigma about brain health and dementia.

There are approximately 228,000 people in Ontario currently living with dementia, with the number expected to grow as the population ages. To support the consultations, the province has released Developing Ontario’s Dementia Strategy: A Discussion Paper, which is based on feedback from health care providers, people living with dementia and care partners from across Ontario.

The development of a comprehensive dementia strategy builds on Ontario’s current investments in improving the lives of people living with dementia and their families. This includes $31 million to strengthen Alzheimer Society chapters across Ontario and $54 million in annual funding to Behavioural Supports Ontario, as well as support for the Finding Your Way initiative that helps people living with dementia live more safely in their community.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414.

Sincerely,
Yasir Naqvi, MPP
Ottawa Centre

 

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One comment

  1. Bill Dare

    Funny, after posting, I realized I fell into perpetuating the confusions between Alzheimer’s and the general category of dementia, which the Yasir Naqvi, MPP letter for the survey seems to be part of. I will fix headline.

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