Susan Walsh says the co-pay for home care is about 18 percent of their family income and seniors can’t afford it.
The province’s Seniors’ Advocate says a big way to reduce the costs for seniors is to cover the cost of the co-pay for home support. Susan Walsh released a report yesterday, called “What Golden Years” with 12 recommendations on how government can put money back into seniors’ pockets. She has met with seniors on the west coast who need home care but can’t afford it. “The co-pay is about 18 percent of their family income and seniors can’t afford it,” she says. “We met with seniors on the west coast last week, including Curling, Stephenville, Burgeo, Norris Point, Woody Point and Sops Arm.”
Walsh says seniors are moving into long term care sooner as a result. She says they’ll be keeping an eye on government as changes are made. The report showed that thirty-two per cent (32%) of seniors said they did not have enough income to meet their financial needs and were unable to afford food, rent, medications and required medical services.