2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
58 Elizabeth II, 2009
The Honourable Darrell Dexter
First Reading: May 1, 2009
WHEREAS there are few options for seniors between living at home and entering a hospital or nursing home
AND WHEREAS the lack of community-based supports often leads to a senior's premature entry into a nursing home bed, often by way of a long stay in a hospital bed;
AND WHEREAS aging in place is recognized as the best practice with the most health benefits for seniors;
THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Seniors Dignity Act.
2 Subject to Section 3, the Minister of Health shall provide assistance to seniors to help them to stay in their homes, including the provision of funds for self-managed care, frail-seniors assistance, home adaptation and restorative care.
3 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.