Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed “Safe at Home” week, a 14-day focus on seniors being cared for in their homes.
Watson made the proclamation in an announcement Thursday, which coincided with National Seniors Day — an occasion for all Canadians to appreciate and celebrate older adults.
“We have learned from COVID-19 that seniors are most vulnerable to the virus and that seniors’ homes and long-term residences are particularly vulnerable,” a statement from Carefor Health and Community Services, an organization providing support for seniors at home across eastern Ontario, said.
The service also says that home care is a safe and economical option for seniors, and is often an overlooked component of Ontarios’ healthcare system.
“Notwithstanding the additional funding and support for Personal Support Workers (PSWs), and other frontline care workers announced by Premier Ford this week, Carefor is launching 'Safe at Home' to raise awareness and funds to help keep seniors safe at home as another positive option to explore in caring for people as they age.”
Presently, Carefor says, home care is underfunded — and like the entire healthcare system, “lacks a less than desirable number of PSWs and nurses assisting seniors who choose to stay home.”
The service says “Safe at Home" gives families the option of keep their elderly loved ones near — a choice that can improve the well-being of all concerned, especially as Thanksgiving approaches.