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CARP commends federal government for addressing seniors in Throne Speech
Commitments announced to help people age safely at home and to establish national standards for long-term care.
CARP pushes PM to focus on home care in recovery plan
The letter drives home the urgent need for Canada’s more than 8 million informal caregivers, who provide an estimated 80% of care needed by seniors at home, to be given the support they need to return to work.
C.A.R.P. scores win with expanded high-dose flu vaccine program
C.A.R.P. is thrilled that the high-dose flu vaccine will be available to long-term care residents across the country this year, supported by new federal funding!
This is a huge win for our Members as, for the last few years, we’ve been advocating for this best-in-class vaccine to be fully funded for seniors everywhere (not just those in care homes).
Message from our Chief Policy Officer
Last week C.A.R.P. (now spelled with extra punctuation) honoured National Seniors Day with our trademark grandeur, inviting a panel of some of the most well-known and influential names in Canada (including the Prime Minister and federal Seniors Minister) to recognize the contributions of seniors in communities across the country (read more here).
While we had Canada’s attention, we also took the opportunity to remember the more than 7,500 vulnerable residents who have lost their lives in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic—a travesty that is made all the more tragic by the fact that it didn’t need to happen.
It was inspiring, dynamic and powerful—but Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Keeping seniors top of mind in the realm of public policy is a year-round full-time job, meaning C.A.R.P. never sleeps—luckily, the same can’t be said for the members of our passionate team!
Thankfully, the real impact of our advocacy keeps us going. Just this month, we saw sweeping announcements of newly-expanded vaccination programs, bringing the best-in-class high-dose flu shot to more seniors than ever. This has been a key pillar of our advocacy for years, and C.A.R.P. has been credited for making this long overdue change finally happen.
We also succeeded in scoring seniors their well-deserved representation in the recent Speech from the Throne (read our reaction to the speech here) on the heels of two strongly-worded letters C.A.R.P. sent to Prime Minister Trudeau as parliament resumed its activities. We reminded him that older people have the power to move mountains at the polls and that, in planning our economic recovery, their needs must be reflected with due urgency; starting with his party’s promise to increase OAS and CPP (read the first letter here).
We followed this up with an urgent plea for home and community care to be placed at the epicenter of the solution to fixing long-term care, empowering as many of us as possible to age safely in place (read the second letter here).
While the world doesn’t change overnight, we see the results of our hard work, and your invaluable support, every day.
Thank you for being part of our mission to make Canada a great place to get older.
Here’s to seniors everywhere.
– Bill VanGorder, Chief Policy Officer (pro tem)
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