Layton pledges $537M home care plan
Prince George, B. C. • NDP Leader Jack Layton has unveiled a $537-million plan he says would improve home care for Canada’s growing population of seniors and the families looking after them.
“Seniors are the fastest-growing age group in this country and they are looking to be assured that quality and accessible health care will be available when they need it,” Layton said Wednesday.
“Too many families are spending their life-savings on the care of their parents,” Layton told supporters in the riding of Prince George-Peace River, where the NDP has finished second in every election since 2000.
Layton vowed that, if elected prime minister, he would make home care an insured service under the Canada Health Act and introduce a “Quality Home Care Plan” to improve access for some 100,000 more families a year.
He would also double the forgivable loan amount available under the existing Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence program to $7,000, allowing some 10,570 more people to take advantage of the benefit for home renovations. Layton said he’d also ensure a transfer payment specifically for residential long-term care is included in the next federal-provincial Health Accord, which is due to be renewed in 2014.