Home care group wants to see provincial tax credit for seniors

The CEO of Home Care Ontario says they’re currently working on their pre-budget submission to the Provincial government.

Sue VanderBent says one of their biggest asks is for a Home Care tax credit.

“So one of our biggest asks is for a Home Care tax credit for the 91% of seniors who say they want to live at home for as long as possible and who may need supplementary care to our publicly- funded home care system,” said VanderBent.

She adds, particularly during the pandemic when hospital capacity is being tested, it makes sense to have as many people as possible stay at home, where they’re safest. But the support has to be there for them.

“We know over 150,000 Ontarians, right now, their families, are supporting their loved ones every year with substantial investments of family funded home care services to keep someone who may need a little help, to stay at home,” added VanderBent.

She says the proposed tax credit would allow seniors to live more independently by remaining in their own homes longer. That would ease pressure on hospitals, long-term care homes and other overburdened health care facilities.

More information about Home Care Ontario and their proposed tax credit is at Home Care Ontario.