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Support for Seniors to Maintain their Independence

In the heart of the Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Healing and Wellness branch lies a remarkable initiative – the Aging at Home Program (AAH). This program, funded by the Ministry of Health, embodies compassion, resilience, and community support. It stands as a testament to the Métis Nation of Ontario’s unwavering commitment to the well-being of its senior citizens aged 55 and above.

Empowered and Independent

The AAH program empowers Métis seniors, allowing them to continue living in the comfort of their homes for as long as possible while maintaining their independence.

To be eligible for the program, individuals must be MNO citizens, with accommodations made for other Indigenous clients on a short-term bases until appropriate referrals are completed.

Financial eligibility criteria and a medical/physical assessment by a doctor are important components of the evaluation process.

MNO staff collaborate closely with clients to identify individual needs, reassessing eligibility each year to make sure the supports change as situations change. Once approved, clients work with an MNO coordinator to develop a personalized plan tailored to their unique needs and concerns.

Services Available Across the Province

The AAH program helps people across the province. In areas without a coordinator, services are accessible virtually or through local MNO partners, ensuring widespread coverage for Métis seniors.

Comprehensive Support

The AAH program offers a range of services that improve the quality of life for seniors, including light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, friendly visiting to reduce isolation, and errand support for activities outside the home. Medical transportation support is provided through gas cards, while lawn care and snow removal services are provided by hired professionals.

Below are some examples of the amount of calls for support that the Aging at Home program received last year.

 

Aging At Home by the Numbers (2022-2023)

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Light housekeeping
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Lawn Care and Snow Removal
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In-Community Errand Support
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Friendly Visiting Units
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Medical Transportation Support - Gas Card
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Total Individuals Served

Making a Difference

Citizens share heartfelt thanks for the program, praising both emotional support and practical aid. From finding joy in rain dances to solving urgent issues like power outages, AAH makes a lasting difference:

“I am fighting cancer. It was raining one day, and I asked my aging home coordinator to dance with me in the rain. The coordinator put music on, and the two of us spent time dancing in the rain together. It was very uplifting for me as I am facing such challenges with my health.”

“I, as an MNO citizen, walked into the MNO office in a complete crisis. I was welcomed into the office to vent. The coordinator investigated what was happening to me and how they could help. The coordinator took two full days of playing phone tag with Hydro One, Ontario Works, and local Electricians and even our local MPP. I called the coordinator later that day and an electrician and Hydro One showed up, fixed the issue and all costs were covered. “

“As I am not as strong as I used to be, I am extremely thankful for the Snow Removal and Lawn Care I receive.”

How to Connect

For those interested in the program, connecting with the local MNO office, the One MNO team, or reaching out to Program Supervisor Patti Carriere (PattiC@metisnation.org / 705-365-7761) can facilitate the process of getting in touch with an Aging At Home Coordinator.

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