MONCTON (GNB) – Seniors in the Moncton region now have access to a program intended to help them remain healthy and independent.

The Seniors Health, Well-being and Home Safety Review connects seniors with important programs and services in their communities.

“It is so important that seniors know what is available and how to access those services,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “Our government is committed to ensuring seniors get the programs and services they need when they need them.”

Rogers, who spoke on behalf of Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris, said the response to the program has been phenomenal, with more than 1,600 seniors signing up for it.  

“The demand for the program shows how important it is for us to help our seniors have the best aging experience possible,” said Rogers.

The review, which takes about 90 minutes, is conducted by a trained individual who has met the Department of Social Development’s criteria. During the home visit, seniors learn about programs in their community that can help them in their daily lives. The program is voluntary, and interested seniors aged 65 or older may decide to have a relative or friend present during the review.

All information is confidential and seniors can participate in creating a personalized action plan to help maintain a healthy, active and independent lifestyle. As well, eligible seniors may apply for $1,500 in assistance to do minor in-home repairs that will improve their mobility or independence.

Fostering healthy aging and support for seniors is one of the seven priority areas outlined in the New Brunswick Family Plan framework, which also focuses government action on: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with addictions and mental health challenges; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty and providing support for people living with a disability.

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