Ottawa, June 11, 2013 - Most seniors live at home—and would like to remain at home as long as possible. At its annual general meeting on June 13, 2013, the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will focus on the importance of strengthening and prioritizing current investments in home and community care to ensure seniors in our community have access to the care they need to age well.
Dr. Samir Sinha, expert lead for Ontario's Seniors Strategy will deliver a keynote address outlining recommendations on the essential role of home and community care and improving access for seniors living in the Champlain region.
"There is increasing recognition that home and community care can play an enhanced role in managing wait lists, supporting health promotion and chronic disease management, and helping seniors to live independently in their own homes," says Gilles Lanteigne, Chief Executive Officer at the Champlain CCAC. "We're pleased to welcome Dr. Sinha and hear his insights on how greater investment in home and community care can meet the needs of seniors now and in the future."
Dr. Sinha is working with the Ontario government and other health partners to implement recommendations in the
Living Longer, Living Well report released earlier this year. The report calls for increased investment in home and community care to support an aging population with increasingly complex health needs. Last year more than half of the Champlain CCAC's clients were over the age of 65, and 30.4 per cent had high care needs. More than 22.1 per cent of clients were over 85.
Home care provided through the Champlain CCAC has made a significant difference to the McInnis family. Lorraine McInnis-Osborne, 48, a registered nurse, has experienced firsthand the positive impact of home care in the lives of her parents Robert, 78, and Joyce, 79. Robert has Alzheimer's and Joyce is his primary caregiver.
"Having access to home health care services and short-stay respite care has made such a huge difference to my family," explains Lorraine. "It means that my parents can both stay in their home—probably for a very long time."