The Aboriginal Life Long care Program exits in the context of the Aboriginal inherent right of self government, fundamental to which is caring for one’s own. The life Long Care Program intends to improve the quality of life and living conditions for all Aboriginal people who require Life Long Care.
Life Long Care allows for traditional Aboriginal concepts of family to remain strengthened and supported. The program removes the negative stigmas attached to aging. Elders/seniors have an important role in Aboriginal culture and the life cycle teachings. Life Long Care reminds Aboriginal people about the gifts and responsibilities that each person brings to their family and community regardless of lifestyle, sexual orientation, gender, disability and age. Life Long Care reinforces our responsibility to care for each other from birth to death that is inclusive of the life cycle wheel.
A holistic approach to long term care incorporates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Through this understanding of Aboriginal teachings, Life Long Care can enhance and improve the quality of life and the living conditions for all Aboriginal people requiring long term care.
The Life Long Care Program is consistent with the holistic healing continuum approach as identified in the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy and, as such, will require building strong linkages and networks, locally and provincially.