Transcript: How do Ontario seniors live? | Jul 20, 2021

A Male Narrator says HOW DO ONTARIO SENIORS LIVE?
THE NUMBER OF ONTARIANS
OVER THE AGE OF 65
IS PROJECTED TO NEARLY DOUBLE
OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS.

An animated bar graph appears on a blue screen. It reads "2.5 million, 4.5 million."

He continues NATURALLY, FOR SUCH A LARGE
AGE RANGE,
THERE ISN'T ONLY ONE WAY
TO LIVE.
BACK IN THE 1980S,
THE GOLDEN GIRLS
HAD A BOLD, NEW IDEA
TO POOL RESOURCES
AND SHARE A HOME.

A Golden Girls clip plays.

Three elderly women sit in a kitchen.

Senior woman 1 says DO YOU THINK IT WAS
JUST A FLUKE,
OR DO YOU THINK WE COULD
LEARN TO LIKE EACH OTHER?

Senior woman 2 says WELL, I THINK IT MIGHT
TAKE TIME,
BUT I THINK IT COULD BE
WORTH IT.

Senior woman 3 says LET'S GIVE IT A SHOT!

Senior woman 1 says GREAT!

Senior woman 2 says I'M GAME!

The clip ends.

The Narrator says AND WHILE IT MAY HAVE BEEN
A PERFECT COMEDY SETUP,
THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL
SOLUTION IT DEPICTED
IS STARTING TO FUEL IMAGINATION
FOR RETIREMENT PLANNING.
A 2020 HOME CARE ONTARIO POLL
FOUND THAT
91 PERCENT OF OLDER ADULTS
PREFER TO AGE IN PLACE.
AGING IN PLACE MEANS A PERSON
LIVES INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME,
WHILE BEING ABLE TO COUNT ON
HEALTH AND SOCIAL SUPPORTS,
IF NEEDED.
HOME CARE IS WHEN A PERSONAL
SUPPORT WORKER, NURSE,
OR OTHER CAREGIVER
MAKES A HOUSE CALL.
FUNDING FOR THIS IS OFFERED
THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT,
OR PRIVATELY PAID FOR
BY THE INDIVIDUAL.

A web page that shows a map reads "Our name has changed, but local services and contact information remain the same."

He continues A RETIREMENT HOME
IS A PRIVATELY PAID OPTION
FOR SENIORS WHO WANT TO
LIVE INDEPENDENTLY
BUT MAY NEED MORE SUPPORT.
IN ONTARIO, A PRIVATE ROOM CAN
COST UP TO 6,000 DOLLARS PER MONTH.
RESIDENTS CAN ALSO PAY FOR
SERVICES SUCH AS:
MEAL PREPARATION,
ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS,
AND ON-CALL HEALTH CARE.
LONG-TERM CARE HOMES,
OR NURSING HOMES,
ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED
MAXIMUM SUPPORT
WITH EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES
AND MEDICAL CARE.
MORE THAN HALF OF RESIDENTS
ARE OVER THE AGE OF 85.
24-HOUR NURSING AND OTHER
SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE ON-SITE.
IN ONTARIO,
ALL LONG-TERM CARE HOMES -
WHETHER PRIVATELY
OR PUBLICLY OWNED -
ARE FUNDED AND REGULATED
BY THE GOVERNMENT.
RESIDENTS PAY ROOM AND BOARD,
COSTING UP TO 2,700 DOLLARS A MONTH.

A quote reads "The provincial government provides funding for all the staff and supplies related to nursing and personal care, resident social and recreational programs and support services, and raw food (used to make meal). Residents pay an accommodation fee... that is used to pay for expenses such as non-care staff, utilities, and mortgages, as well as building maintenance and major capital repairs (like a new roof). Ontario Long Term Care Association."

He continues ONE GROUP IN PORT PERRY
HAD A GOOD SOLUTION
FOR THEIR GOLDEN YEARS.

A clip from The Agenda plays. A caption reads "Shared housing: affordable living for seniors- Ontario's Golden Girls."

Steve says SUDDENLY YOU HAVE SORT OF
STRUCK ON AN IDEA
THAT SEEMS TO BE A REAL SOLUTION
FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.
EXPLAIN WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

A woman in her sixties says WELL, FOUR OF US IN PORT PERRY,
ALL OLDER WOMEN,
SOLD OUR OWN HOMES
AND BOUGHT A HOUSE TOGETHER.
AND REALLY OUR PLAN
IN DOING THAT
WAS TO TRY TO TAKE CONTROL
OF OUR AGING,
SO WE INTEND TO AGE IN PLACE.
WHAT WE REALLY MEAN IS
WE INTEND TO DIE IN PLACE.

The clip ends.

The Narrator says AND EVEN THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT
HAS RECENTLY BEGUN TO
ENCOURAGE HOUSING SOLUTIONS
FOR OLDER ADULTS.
IN 2020, THE GOLDEN GIRLS ACT
BECAME LAW.
IT'S AN AMENDMENT TO
THE ONTARIO PLANNING ACT
THAT PREVENTS MUNICIPALITIES
FROM USING LOCAL BYLAWS
TO STOP SENIORS WHO ARE
NOT RELATED FROM COHABITING.
THE ACT PAVES THE WAY
FOR SHARED-LIVING OPTIONS
SO ONTARIANS CAN PLAN
THEIR LATER YEARS
TO SUIT THEIR IDEAL LIFESTYLE.
AND WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE
WITH SOMEONE LIKE BETTY WHITE?

A clip shows an elderly woman smiling and toasting.

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