Province wants to keep seniors at home longer Published Wednesday September 2nd, 2009

Cécile Cassista, the executive director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Homes Residents' Rights, said she was hoping the report would contain more solutions rather than just an update.

"This is all about progress that they're done so far, but they're short in many areas," she said.

She said the province's measures to attract more home care workers did not go far enough.

"You can get people out of the hospital much quicker if you have home support, because people do want to go to their home," she said.

As well, government tax cuts from earlier this year, along with the reinstatement of ambulance fees and cuts to the seniors prescription drug plan, had made it harder for seniors to be independent.

"If you start cutting our taxes, we are not going to have social programs, and the seniors are the ones that are going to be affected," she said.