EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – Seniors living in the Madawaska and Acadian Peninsula regions are benefitting from a program that is designed to help them remain independent longer.

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

“The response to this new program has been phenomenal,” said Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris. “Seniors want to remain in their own communities, surrounded by family and friends. This program helps them achieve that goal of aging in place.”

More than 2,700 seniors in New Brunswick have signed up for the review to date with more than 2,400 reviews completed.

During a 90-minute home visit with a trained individual, seniors learn about programs in their community that can help them in their daily lives. The program is voluntary. Interested seniors, who are 65 and over, may decide to have a relative or friend present during the review.

All information gathered during the review is confidential and will be used to create a personalized action plan for the senior that will provide suggestions for maintaining 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 persons 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.