Bedford Medical Alert: Lessons from the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) Conference in Toronto

The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) promotes a “strong, sustainable home and community support sector for all Ontarians.” The OCSA not-for-profit “community-based member organizations provide a wide variety of health and wellness services which help a full range of clients, including seniors and people with disabilities, remain independent in their own homes and communities.” This mission very closely reflects that of Bedford Medical Alert, which is why Bedford is a member of the OCSA.

At the Annual OCSA Annual Conference in Toronto, Bedford Medical Alert learned from several experts about the “need to prepare for, adapt to and thrive within a new health care landscape.” In Toronto and in Ontario, and across Canada, the number of individuals requiring care is rising faster than the number of individuals who can provide care. Bedford Medical Alert believes, upon learning from the OCSA event speakers, that technology such as Medical Alert systems, or Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), when properly accompanied by other community care, are an important way to help seniors to live vibrant and active lives in their community.

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