COA Helping Seniors in Condominiums

Our Government should be looking at tools to help keep Seniors aware of the situations relating to Condominiums. In particular the availability of answers to questions they may have and/or a support system geared to Seniors in condominiums. The problem is that many Seniors particularly those who may have a chronic condition may be in their units and not have any degree of support system in the case they have a medical issue or more serious alert.

The fastest growing users of the internet are seniors over 65 years of age. The internet helps them to keep in touch with their family and friends and day-to-day activity such as banking and obtaining information on health related questions. At the present time there is a digital consumer application called Mi-health which helps individuals to take better control of their health but it will not help in emergency situations in Condominiums. Ideally with the growing popularity of medic alert devices consideration should be taken by Builders and our Ministry of Health to implement a specific device for emergency situations in Condominiums both for Seniors and other Condo Dwellers. At present there are no Health and Safety Mandates in Condominiums defined in the Condo Act.

The Ministry of Consumers Services has been approached by COA - Condo Owners Association to take into account the various Ministry's to ensure that all aspects relating to proper governance, health and safety and proper Municipal regulations be reviewed and recommendations be brought forward. The recommendations would be geared to specific relating to the operations of a Condominium. Example: Health and Safety Mandates for spas and swimming pools; specific guidelines relating to Hoarders as a Health issue.

Each Condo had to confirm compliance with the AODA - Accessibilty for Ontarians with Disabilities Act however the Government almost missed the boat with Condominiums when they recently mandated new guidelines as of JANUARY 2012 enforcing up to a $50,000 per day or part day for Directors and Officers, and fines of up to $100,000 per day for Corporations not in compliance with the AODA. A Condo Corporation does fall under the AODA for compliance therefore recognizing a higher possibility of Seniors in Condominiums who may require assistance It is a growing concern and the Condo Review process should be including the entire situation of Seniors in Condominiums and also recognize the implementation of stronger guidelines relating to the AODA