Province Increasing Access to Home Care for Those with High Needs
Ontario is investing approximately an additional $3.9 Million in the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) this year to enhance support for home care clients with high needs and their caregivers.
Provincially this investment will help clients and caregivers most in need, including $80 million for enhanced home care and $20 million for caregiver respite. Home care patients and those who care for them will benefit from approximately:
- 350,000 additional hours of nursing care
- 1.3 million additional hours of personal support
- 600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers
- 100,000 additional hours of rehabilitation.
Within the Central West LHIN, this represents an additional $3,892,600 to further develop home care capacity and increase caregiver supports. Specifically, $3,114,100 to expand service for high-needs clients with complex conditions and, $778,500 to provide respite services for caregivers.
This additional funding is part of Ontario's 2015 Budget commitment to increase investments in home and community care by more than $750 million over three years. These initiatives support the commitments made in Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, the province's plan to improve and expand home and community care.
Helping more people access better health care faster and closer to home is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. This plan is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.
"Improving home and community care is one of our government's most important health care priorities. This $100 million investment greatly expands the amount of nursing and personal support services that will be available to people across the province. These additional hours will make it possible for more people with complex conditions to receive care where they want to be; in their home and community."
- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Investing in improving home and community care is an important health care priority to residents of Brampton. This investment greatly increases the amount of support services that will be available to people across the city and this province. Both home care patients along with their caregivers will benefit by making it possible to receive the care they need, in the environment that they choose to be in. By increasing the hourly wages for personal support workers working in the home and community care sector, it will provide greater assistance to those caregivers that are supporting themselves along with their loved ones that are in need of the care."
- Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale
"With a rapidly growing and ageing population, continued investment in and expansion of Home and Community Care services is both relevant and appropriate in the Central West LHIN. This investment places the needs of patients and their caregivers first by helping to ensure LHIN residents receive high-quality, patient-centered care in the comfort and familiarity of their homes and communities for as long as possible."
- Maria Britto, Board Chair, Central West LHIN
"The Central West CCAC serves one of the fastest-growing regions in the province with one of the highest incidences of chronic disease in the country. With that comes increased need to support people to remain healthy and independent in the community and in their homes. This investment will help us continue to provide care and support to the region's most complex and vulnerable patients, as well as their caregivers and families."
- Cathy Hecimovich, CEO, Central West CCAC
- Home and community care services support people of all ages who require care in their home, at school or in the community.
- In 2015, Community Care Access Centres provided home care to approximately 650,000 people — 60 per cent of whom were seniors — including 28.7 million hours of personal support and homemaking, 6.9 million nursing visits and 2.1 million hours of nursing shifts.
- This investment will be allocated to support enhanced care for clients with high needs and respite for caregivers who need it the most.
- Information about funding allocations by LHINs will be available in the coming weeks.
For more information contact:
Brampton Springdale Constituency Office