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View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to our witnesses for being here today. That is a very interesting discussion, of course, about the challenge of retaining nurses.
Sixteen per cent of nurses have said that they'll leave their jobs in the next year, and only one-quarter took time off to look after themselves. I think this speaks to the obvious issue that we have.
You mentioned the excessive shift work that many nurses are taking.
Dr. Boscart, do you have any indication of whether that would be more acute in private versus non-profit homes?
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thus, it's not only pay; it's teaching. It's making sure that they have the skills that they need.
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Lib. (ON)
Dr. Porter, could you comment on that?
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
You also, Dr. Porter, mentioned transportation. You said that if aging in place is our goal—and a lot of people now are questioning whether they'd ever want to end up in a long-term care facility—age-friendly communities are important.
What would you think we should do, as a federal government, to further that goal?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
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Lib. (ON)
I just wanted to mention that it doesn't mean, if we increase the amount, that we have to increase it every year. Could we not, every year, look at how much is available and decide how much we're going to give out that year? That's one idea.
Certainly, I think it speaks to the fact that most people don't know where that money goes. We need to promote the program and tell people that this is how we're using the money. I think maybe we would get more.
Thank you.
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Thank you, Ms. Bowers, for appearing today. I was thinking that I'm sure taking over the CMHC during a pandemic can't be easy, but you're obviously the right person for the job, so thank you very much for appearing today.
I want to pick up on what MP Vis questioned you on. You were just starting to talk about how optimistic you are about the future. I want to give you an opportunity to express what your thoughts are about where we're going and the optimism that you see.
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much for that. There's a lot there to unpack and I am particularly pleased to hear about the 25% through the rapid housing going to women and children. That is obviously most needed.
I want to mention also that this committee just finished a study on indigenous housing, urban, rural and northern housing, and the recommendation is for a stand-alone organization run by indigenous for indigenous.
I just want to get your thoughts on the recommendations we put forward, if you've had a chance to see them at this point.
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the minister for spending time with us this afternoon to talk about our important study.
I want to read something to the minister from a recent pamphlet the United Way Elgin Middlesex distributed in my area. The pamphlet is actually called “The #LocalLove Letter”. It outlines some of the amazing programs the United Way and other agencies have been able to provide to our seniors during this obviously challenging time. Specifically, I'd like to read about program funding through your department's new horizons for seniors program. It reads as follows:
Since the start of the pandemic, the Canadian Mental Health Association [Middlesex] has seen a 43 percent increase in calls to The Support Line, many coming from seniors who are feeling scared, vulnerable, lonely....
Lori Hassall, the director of crisis and short-term interventions at CMHA, says, “It was an issue even before the pandemic. We were already hearing from a lot of seniors who would call every day just to talk to someone.”
A $10,000 grant from United Way, through the Government of Canada's seniors response fund, helped CMHA launch “Friendly Callers”, a new outreach program matching trained volunteers with seniors across Elgin and Middlesex counties.
The weekly call was a chance to check in and connect seniors to local services, such as Meals on Wheels, neighbourhood-based resources or the City of London age friendly network, to ensure that they were getting the support they needed.
Hassall says:
There's so much research now about the impact of loneliness on physical and mental health.... Social connection is the antidote....
I want to ask the minister if this story reflects some of what she has heard about how our government funding through this pandemic has helped seniors across the country.
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
I know of one local group that does crocheting in London, and all of these seniors, who hadn't even heard of this program, are really being helped, just getting that day-to-day connection.
I am hoping that we can make sure other groups know about this program and all the programs that our government is offering. Is there any way we can increase the information so that people will know that the money is there?
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
The other question I have is about something you mentioned in your opening, the age well at home initiative. Briefly, because I think we have only about 45 seconds, how will this impact older seniors as you see it?
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Minister.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, and thank you to our witnesses today.
Mr. Mihailidis, I want to first comment that my father, who passed away eight years ago, was so engaged with technology. He had his own Facebook page. He used it to communicate with his younger relatives in Scotland and Vancouver. He really took to it. I think there is a sense that older people shy away from it, but I think that's a fallacy in many cases.
I want to talk to you about getting young people engaged in and thinking about this next generation, how they can get into jobs that would support our aging population and what you think the federal government could do to encourage that.
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you so much.
Dr. Sinha, I've been encouraging my residents to visit longtermcarestandards.ca to share their input on the topic of long-term care standards. As the chair of the technical committee, how will you use this type of information that you'll be getting to come up with ideas for long-term care standards?
View Kate Young Profile
Lib. (ON)
You have a big job ahead of you. You mentioned some other countries that we could learn from regarding long-term care standards. Who has the gold standard in the world?
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