Ontario is providing nearly $12 million to support home care for 3,000 more seniors and for expanded community health care services, including mental health supports, in the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
This investment will support programs that reduce unnecessary emergency room and hospital readmissions, including:
- Home First, which ensures that seniors can be safely discharged from the hospital and cared for in their own homes.
- A new Assisted Living Pilot Project, which provides supports that help seniors live independently at home while reducing wait times for long-term care.
- Behavioural Supports Ontario Mobile Response Team, which travels to support seniors with challenging and complex behaviours, such as those living with Alzheimer’s, in Kingston, Brockville and Trenton long-term care homes.
- Improving access to home care and community supports is a key priority of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care and helps to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Last year’s home care and community support investments got measurable results across the South East LHIN. In August 2013, patients spent 452 fewer days in the hospital waiting for community service than in August 2012, freeing up an average of 15 hospital beds each day.
- More than 637,000 people currently receive home care across Ontario.
- Over the next 20 years, the population of seniors aged 65 and over in Ontario will more than double from 1.9 million today to 4.2 million in 2036.
“Providing seniors with more timely access to health care in their homes and communities ensures our health care system works better for everyone, improving access for all who need care, where they need it.” Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“We are investing our health care dollars in services that help Kingston and The Islands residents get the care they need at the right time, in the right place. This means better access to quality and timely care for patients, and especially our seniors.” John Gerretsen, MPP, Kingston and the Islands
“This investment will support many valuable programs in the South East LHIN — programs we know will provide the care that our seniors need to help them live independently in their communities and in their homes.” Paul Huras CEO, South East Local Health Integration Network