SAINT JOHN (GNB) – A program launched today is designed to help seniors remain independent by connecting them with local services and facilities, while also helping them identify safety issues in their homes.

The Seniors Health, Well-Being and Home Safety Review will be available in all regions of the province in the coming months. The review, which takes about 90 minutes, is done by a trained individual who has met the Department of Social Development’s criteria.

“Your government has consulted with seniors all over New Brunswick, and they want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible,’’ said Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris. “Seniors want to remain independent, healthy and involved in their communities. The Seniors Health, Well-Being and Home Safety Review will help them do so.”

During the review, seniors will learn about programs in their community that can help them in their daily lives. It is voluntary, and interested people aged 65 and over may wish to have a relative or friend present during the home visit.

All information is confidential and seniors can help create a personalized action plan that will provide suggestions for maintaining a healthy, active and independent lifestyle. As well, eligible seniors can apply for $1,500 in assistance for minor in-home repairs that will improve their mobility or independence.

The program begins June 12 in the Saint John and Restigouche regions. It will expand to the Fredericton and Miramichi regions in September, and to the Moncton and Chaleur regions in December. The program will be available in the Edmundston and Acadian Peninsula regions in March of 2018.

Fostering healthy aging and support for seniors is one of the pillars of the government’s New Brunswick Family Plan framework document.

People can arrange for a review or learn more about programs for seniors by visiting the government website, or by calling 1-855-550-0552.