This business plan was prepared under my direction, taking into consideration the government’s policy decisions as of January 19, 2012.
original signed by
George VanderBurg, Minister
January 22, 2012
The ministry consists of the Department of Seniors and the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Community Boards, which are agents of the Crown as established by the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Community Governance Act. The department provides administrative, planning and research support to the Seniors Advisory Council for Alberta and the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Seniors’ mission is to work with individuals, families, communities and other government partners to support the well-being and independence of seniors and persons with disabilities through programs, services, safeguards and information. Its core businesses are to provide targeted financial assistance to seniors and persons with disabilities in need and to plan, provide and coordinate necessary supports and services for living in the community.
A more detailed description of Seniors and its programs and initiatives can be found at www.seniors.alberta.ca.
This business plan is aligned with the government’s goals and supports the government’s core businesses as set out in the Government of Alberta Strategic Plan.
As a result of the ministry’s review of its goals, environment, opportunities and challenges, a number of priority initiatives have been identified. Minister’s mandate items are identified with a .
Seniors and persons with disabilities have access to supports that assist them to be independent and participate in their communities
Being independent means being able to direct and live one’s life while maintaining important relationships with family, friends and the community. Age, disability or financial circumstances may diminish Albertans’ ability to be independent and participate, but individuals, families, governments and concerned community organizations can all make a difference in their lives. In support of this goal, the ministry provides financial assistance and health-related supports, and funds community-based services. Supplemental financial assistance for low-income seniors in need is available through the Alberta Seniors Benefit and Special Needs Assistance for Seniors programs. Eligible senior homeowners also receive assistance to offset increases to the education portion of their property taxes. Adult Albertans with a severe and permanent disability may receive a monthly living allowance, health-related benefits and personal benefits through the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program. The ministry also helps Albertans maintain their well-being and independence through a variety of health-related supports, including the Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) program and assisting eligible seniors with the costs of optical and dental services. The Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program and other community-based supports and services encourage the independence and community involvement of Albertans with developmental disabilities.
|Performance Measures||Last Actual
|1.a Percentage by which seniors’ average income in Alberta exceeds the Canadian average||+18.5% (2009)||
Exceed the national average
|1.b Percentage of AISH clients who agree that personal beneﬁts help them live more independently than if they were unable to access these beneﬁts||72%
|1.c Satisfaction of families/guardians of adults with developmental disabilities with PDD-funded services (biennial survey)||85%
|1.d Percentage of AADL clients who agreed that AADL helped them be more independent in their homes or residences (biennial survey)||88%
Safeguards for vulnerable adults improve safety and well-being
Adult Albertans may be vulnerable due to a number of factors including age, health status or disability. The ministry works with government and community partners in developing collaborative approaches to preventing and addressing elder abuse in Alberta. The ministry works to ensure Albertans are aware of all forms of elder abuse, including financial abuse, and have tools to identify it, know how to prevent it, and where to go for assistance. The ministry addresses allegations of abuse of individuals receiving government funded care or support services through the Protection for Persons in Care Act. The Office of the Public Guardian provides services related to the Personal Directives Act and the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act, which include encouraging Albertans to plan for the future using personal directives, acting as guardian of last resort, and providing safeguards for adult Albertans who require decision-making support.
|Performance Measure||Last Actual
|2.a Satisfaction with supports and decision making services provided by the Office of the Public Guardian of:|
|• Private guardians||98%||n/a||95%||n/a|
|• Service providers
Seniors and persons with disabilities have safe, affordable and accessible supportive living options
Appropriate accommodations help seniors age in the right place and offer affordable, accessible accommodation choices for Albertans with disabilities. The ministry provides capital grants to help develop and upgrade supportive living accommodation options in communities across Alberta, providing choices for individuals so that they can live as independently as possible. This work involves partnering with Health and Wellness, Infrastructure, Municipal Affairs and Alberta Health Services to increase the availability of quality continuing care options. To enhance safety and quality of life for residents, the ministry also monitors and enforces accommodation standards in supportive living and long-term care settings. Public reporting of facilities’ compliance with accommodation standards helps Albertans to make informed choices about continuing care accommodations.
|Performance Measure||Last Actual
|3.a Quality of accommodation services provided in supportive living and long-term care facilities, as indicated by the percentage of facilities reviewed that meet provincial standards:|
|• Group Homes||82%||85%||87%||88%|
|• Assisted Living||86%||88%||90%||91%|
|• Long-term Care||70%||74%||76%||78%|
Consolidated on a Fiscal Plan Basis
|(thousands of dollars)||Comparable|
|Transfers from Government of Canada||19,695||17,800||17,800||18,100||18,400||18,700|
|Premiums, Fees and Licences||1,168||1,000||1,200||1,150||1,150||1,150|
|Ministry Support Services||12,182||11,445||11,445||13,237||13,527||14,244|
|Seniors Lodge Assistance and Supportive Living||38,295||40,643||47,305||41,786||41,864||42,081|
|Affordable Supportive Living Initiative||89,147||75,000||74,000||25,000||25,000||25,000|
|Support for Seniors Programs||2,742||3,129||3,129||4,221||4,311||4,576|
|Alberta Seniors Benefit||316,146||329,113||329,113||350,900||367,540||382,995|
|Seniors Dental and Optical Assistance||66,730||69,628||69,628||84,606||89,965||95,146|
|Special Needs Assistance and Project Grants for Seniors||22,798||21,557||21,557||28,485||29,182||30,762|
|School Property Tax Assistance||12,327||15,160||15,160||20,165||26,665||26,671|
|Seniors Property Tax Deferral||-||-||-||1,623||671||719|
|Disability Support Programs||17,083||17,630||17,930||19,741||20,874||22,101|
|Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped||751,058||777,754||785,254||1,056,055||1,111,243||1,167,657|
|Alberta Aids to Daily Living||117,030||122,969||122,969||135,250||143,287||152,303|
|Community Support Programs||2,312||3,733||3,233||3,868||3,897||4,035|
|Support to Persons with Developmental Disabilities||590,430||608,073||629,473||663,955||716,893||752,135|
|Public Guardian Services||9,673||10,640||10,640||11,758||11,990||12,558|
|Gain (Loss) on Disposal of Capital Assets||(217)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Net Operating Result||(2,017,985)||(2,086,207)||(2,110,169)||(2,437,915)||(2,583,800)||(2,709,446)|
|CAPITAL INVESTMENT BY PROGRAM|
|Ministry Support Services||398||-||-||-||-||-|
|Alberta Seniors Benefit||-||160||160||160||160||160|
|Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped||33||-||-||-||-||-|
|Support to Persons with Developmental Disabilities||502||640||640||640||640||640|
|Public Guardian Services||50||-||-||-||-||-|
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