What is Home First?
Home First is a program to help frail patients get out of hospital and back into their homes as soon as possible. It's meant for patients who have completed acute care treatment and no longer need 24-hour attention in hospital, patients who can heal safely at home with the right kinds of support.
Home First connects you to that support with enhanced home care services for up to 60 days.
How it works
Home First starts with a plan of care designed to suit each patient's needs. We work with you and your family or caregivers along with hospital staff, physicians and local health networks to create a detailed picture of the support that will best help you make the difficult transition from hospital to home. We'll connect you with dedicated nurses, personal care assistants, physiotherapists and other quality professionals, and can help you get the medical equipment you need.
We'll partner you with a CCAC care co-ordinator to advocate on your behalf and put your plan of care into action. Care co-ordinators specialize in identifying and accessing community supports designed to help patients maintain their independence and quality of life at home.
How it helps
Home First helps you heal. Patients who no longer need the acute care of a hospital setting often heal better at home, if only they have the right support. Your care co-ordinator can help access the network of excellent home care and community services available in the Central CCAC region through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, and can also identify additional community supports.
Home First helps patients avoid long term care homes. Most patients who access services through our Home First program are able to remain in their homes after the transition program runs its course.
Home First gives families time at home to make informed decisions. After leaving hospital, some find that living independently is no longer a realistic option. The Home First transition period offers a respite at home and a chance for patients, families and caregivers to consider all their long term care options.
Home First saves hospital beds for those who really need them. Last year our efforts to get patients out of hospital and back into their homes freed up almost 30,000 hospital days.