A new report issued by the Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) pays tribute to the almost 840,000 people who call the Central West region "home" by highlighting those whose health and independence the organization supported during 2012-2013.
"As a CCAC, we exist to help people stay safe, healthy and independent in their own homes for as long as possible," says Cathy Hecimovich, Chief Executive Officer, Central West CCAC. "People often tell us that 'home' is where they want to be, and the reasons are as individual as the people themselves. This Spring, we reached out to our community and asked what 'home' means to them. Their responses inspired our 2012-2013 Report to Our Community."
To supplement the report, the organization has also produced three short videos featuring Central West CCAC patients sharing their experiences in their own words. Featured are Betty, who is able to remain independently at home with the support of a holistic care plan, Jean, whose husband Geoffrey received CCAC care while facing a life-threatening illness, and Elizabeth, whose care is a collaborative effort between her family doctor and the CCAC.
Last year, the Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) served 32,458 local residents, helped over 15,000 people safely leave the hospital, and provided 1.22 million in-home visits by health care professionals to help people remain safe and independent in their homes.
"We know that, if given the choice, most people prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible," Cathy notes. "We are privileged to play a role in helping people get the care they need to stay at home, or in the most appropriate care setting for their needs."
About the Central West CCAC
The Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) connects people with the home and community health care services they need, when and where they need them. We serve people of all ages living in northern Etobicoke and Malton, Brampton, Caledon, west Woodbridge, Orangeville, Shelburne and surrounding communities. Visit us on the web at www.cw.ccac-ont.ca, find local health care resources at www.centralwesthealthline.ca, or follow us on Twitter:@CWCCAC.
The Central West CCAC is funded by the Central West Local Health Integration Network.
Laura Glynn, Manager of Communications
Central West CCAC
905-796-0040, ext. 2268