This week the Honourable Linda Jeffrey announced, on behalf of the Ontario government, an investment of almost $6.5 million in publically-funded home care services across the Central West region. Part of an almost $11.2 million investment in home care, community-based and mental health and addictions services, the funding will provide seniors and other individuals with home care, help them reduce emergency department visits and hospital readmissions, and improve health system flow.
"The Central West CCAC is delighted to have the support of the Ministry and the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for the critical care we provide in our community," says Cathy Hecimovich, Chief Executive Officer, Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). "This funding will help ensure people receive care in their homes, where they really want to be. It will be directly applied to providing care for patients who have the greatest needs."
The number of people in the Central West community requiring support continues to grow rapidly. Additionally, the number of patients with high and very high care needs who are served by the CCAC has increased dramatically.
"This funding speaks directly to what we heard from older adults and family caregivers in our community during the development of the Central West LHIN's integrated health services plan. Seniors want to remain living at home as long as possible," says Scott McLeod, CEO, Central West LHIN. "Through the Central West CCAC's coordinated efforts, more seniors, particularly those with complex needs, will now be able to do that."
"We are now able to care for patients with very complex needs in their homes," Hecimovich notes, "including many people who historically would have been supported in the hospital or in long-term care. We look forward to continued collaboration with the Central West Local LHIN and our other health system partners as we make the most effective use of health resources in support of Central West residents."
About the Central West CCAC
The Central West Community Care Access Centre (CW CCAC) supports people of all ages who require assistance maintaining their independence. They offer a range of services, from connecting people with care in their community to providing home-based services and facilitating admissions to long-term care homes. They are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Many services are covered by the provincial health insurance plan for those holding a valid Ontario Health Card.
We invite you to visit us on the web at www.cw.ccac-ont.ca and follow us on Twitter: @CWCCAC.
Laura Glynn, Manager of Communications
Central West CCAC
905-796-0040, ext. 2268