Jan 02, 2020
By Jane Brown
Progress has been made at Queen’s Park to allow elderly couples to remain together when one or both of them need to move into long term care.
Waterloo NDP MPP Catherine Fife introduced a private member’s bill during the last session of the Ontario legislature, after her efforts failed to reunite an 82 year old man with his wife who is in long term care.
Fife says this essentially came from a sense of frustration in trying to ensure that people who are married for 60 years get to spend their last days together.
The bill passed second reading before the legislature rose last month and will now go to committee. Fife says she was pleased to see members of the governing Progressive Conservatives support it.
Minister of Long Term Care Merilee Fullerton is in favour of turning the bill into law and says there is a commitment to examining how loved ones can be kept together in long term care.