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Liberal Leader Robert Ghiz promises programs to help keep seniors at home. (CBC)

Liberal Leader Robert Ghiz announced his plan for seniors Monday, much of it designed to provide more resources for people to stay in their homes longer.

The Liberals are promising an extra $4 million for home care. And they also plan to increase the amount of money seniors can get under the Seniors Emergency Home Repair Program from $1,500 to $2,000

Ghiz said the Liberals will also offer home care renovation grants.

"What we want to do is be able to allow our seniors to stay in their homes longer. That's why we have committed more dollars to home care, more around the seniors emergency home repair program, the grant for renovations," said Ghiz, who made the announcement at the new Colville Manor in Souris. He was joined by all the Kings Counry Liberal candidates.

"So, for example, if you have a senior coming into your home or let's say you're taking in one of your parents and you need renovations — whether or not it's ramps, or renovations around your shower, or different things along those measures — we're going to provide up to a $5,000 grant in that area."

For those who can no longer stay in their own homes, the Liberals are pledging more long-term care beds and they said starting next year they plan to offer free medications for seniors in long-term care.

Ghiz also promised a new seniors' manor for Montague and a housing project in Murray Harbour. He also re-announced a promise made a year ago to build a new  $5.6-million palliative care centre.