Policy and Research Articles
IS HOME CARE WORKING IN ONTARIO?
A REVIEW OF HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE
Over the past three and a half years Seniors for Social Action Ontario's leadership has been hearing from members about their difficulty in accessing appropriate levels of Home Care. For many, this has caused anxiety and despair, with some considering Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) because of this lack of support. This is what has led SSAO to undertake research for this report.
Hours of volunteer work went into the preparation of this report. Please take the time to read the full report and consider sharing it with your MPs and MPPs.
Below are the links to both the Executive Summary and Full Report:
SYSTEMIC AND INTERNALIZED AGEISM
ABANDONMENT, REJECTION, STIGMATIZATION, SEGREGATION, EXCLUSION, AND BEING IGNORED
Ageism has become an epidemic in Canada and it is having an extremely debilitating effect on the mental and physical health of older adults.
This Brief to Federal and Provincial Ministers responsible for aging policies reflects the voices of elders themselves. It is Seniors for Social Action Ontario's hope that the policy makers will finally listen.
HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE SUPPORT SERVICES (HCCSS) CLIENT SURVEY REPORT
To date there have been no independent reports available from HCCSS service users' perspectives. This represents the first survey report conducted independently of HCCSS or the Home Care industry in Ontario that elevates the voices of service users and their families.
A more comprehensive research report is currently being prepared, but these survey results provide a glimpse of a home care system that is struggling with inadequate funding and resources from the Ministry of Health and Province of Ontario. This is having a negative effect on service users.
A Freedom of Information request has been filed with the Ministry of Health asking for specific information concerning HCCSS's budget and how the promised $1 billion in additional funds for Home Care have been spent.
FINAL RESEARCH REPORT - COLLABORATION BETWEEN HUMBER COLLEGE AND SSAO
April 20, 2023
This past year Seniors for Social Action Ontario (SSAO) collaborated with Humber College's Degree Program in Community Development on research seeking SSAO members' views about what supports and services they thought were necessary to help them to age in place.
SSAO is very happy to share with you the research report documenting the students' work. We want to thank Lisa Post and Alexa Christopoulos for their hard work and dedication, and for so accurately capturing the views of SSAO members.
January 23, 2023
THE IMPACT OF INSTITUTIONALIZATION - SURVIVOR’S STORIES
In May of 2021, SSAO distributed an editorial on Creating Change in an Entrenched Long-Term Care System: Lessons From the Past (SSAO, 2021). It details that where we are now with the mass institutionalization of elders is exactly where we were in 1971 with the mass institutionalization of people with developmental disabilities.
Except that things are even worse now.
September 16, 2022
IMPACT OF BILL 7
On Thursday, September 15, 2022, the Toronto Star reported on Bill 7’s possible impact. There are several important takeaways in the article.
The first is the widespread fear the Ford government’s actions are causing. There is a perception among old, sick people and their families that this government has weaponized hospitals to take action against them if they or their families dare to resist or speak out. Sue, the subject of the Star’s report, asked that her last name be kept private over “fear of repercussions for speaking out on the new legislation…”