Province Strengthens End-Of-Life Care With $75 Million Investment

Date: March 11, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Ontario Developing Comprehensive Strategy on Palliative and End-Of-Life Care March 11, 2016 8:45 A.M.I Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is proposing to invest an additional $75 million over three years to provide patients with more options and access to palliative and end-of-life care. This investment would improve community-based hospice and palliative care services including: Supporting up to 20 new hospices across Ontario and increasing the...

GTA hospital didn't notify police about allegations seniors had been sexually assaulted

Date: March 10, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

  A Toronto-area hospital didn't alert police after allegations were made that a staff member sexually assaulted at least five elderly patients, CBC News has learned. Instead, the Richmond Hill, Ont., hospital fired the man, a personal support worker, and he went on to find a similar job at another health-care facility. For detail click here.  

Charges could be laid in TCH seniors building fire that killed three people

Date: March 3, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Charges could be laid against Toronto Community Housing after it was discovered there was furniture in the hallway of a building where a fatal fire happened on Friday, according to Toronto Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop. Three people died and fifteen people were taken to hospital after fire broke out top floor of the five-storey TCH building on Neilson Road Friday afternoon. It is believed the fire was caused by careless smoking on a couch in the hallway. Toronto fire can lay charges against...

Deprescribing medications for seniors a safety priority Ending or tapering off half of medications in 3 classes is advocates' goal

Date: February 26, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Deprescribing medications for seniors a safety priorityEnding or tapering off half of medications in 3 classes is advocates' goal Health-care workers, patient groups and governments are striving to cut inappropriate prescriptions for seniors by 50 per cent by 2020.  The fledgling Canadian Deprescribing Network focuses on discontinuing or tapering off three classes of medications: sedative hypnotics known as benzodiazepines, proton pump inhibitors  and some long-acting oral diabetes...

Ontario budget 2016: Low-income seniors, students get relief

Date: February 25, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Ontario  budget 2016: Low-income seniors, students get relief Cost of some everyday items expected to go up The Ontario government tabled an optimistic budget Thursday that boosts health spending, offers major tuition relief for most low-income students and includes robust growth projections that will allow it to fulfil its promise of balanced books by 2017-18. For full information click here http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-budget-1.3464504 Click here for [OHC] 2016 budget...

Ontario Helping Businesses Take New Technologies to Global Markets

Date: February 23, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Ontario Helping Businesses Take New Technologies to Global Markets Investment Will Boost Knowledge Economy and Create Up To 2,600 Jobs Ontario is partnering with IBM Canada and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to help up to 500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) create jobs, embrace next-generation technologies and compete in the global marketplace. Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the DMZ at Ryerson today to announce that Ontario will invest up to $22.75 million through the Jobs and...

Taxation of Life Insurance

Date: February 19, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Taxation of Life InsuranceNew Rules Offer a Window of Opportunity Permanent life insurance, such as Whole Life or Universal Life, has long been accepted as a tax efficient way of accumulating cash for future needs.  Soon the amount of funds that can be tax sheltered within a life insurance policy will be reduced by new tax rules which take effect January 1, 2017.  These changes may make 2016 the best year to buy cash value life insurance.For detail click...

Anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Interne

Date: February 11, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Internet Low-income Canadians are taking money out of their budgets for food, recreation and rent to pay for Internet service, according to a new report that is calling for a national affordable home Internet program. “The Internet plays an important role in the everyday lives of low-income earners,” says the study by ACORN Canada, a national organization of low- and moderate-income families with 70,000 members in nine cities across the...

Ontario Making Hospital Parking More Affordable: Putting Patients First By Reducing Fees for Frequent Visitors

Date: January 19, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

As announced January 19, 2016 by the Honorable. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care with a quote from Honorable Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs. Ontario is making hospital parking more affordable for thousands of patients, their loved ones and caregivers. As of October 1, 2016, hospitals that charge more than $10 a day for parking will be required to provide 5-, 10- and 30-day passes that are: Discounted by 50 per cent off their daily rate Transferable...

Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario

Date: January 11, 2016 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

December 17, 2015, Ontario Society of Senior Citizens, United Senior Citizens of Ontario and CARP attended a meeting with the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Long Term Care before the release of the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care proposal by The Honorable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care.   Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations is again working with its member organizations and individual seniors as well as other seniors' groups to draft a...


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