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Home for the Holidays: Cornwall Community Hospital Helps More Patients Go Home

Ottawa, December 19, 2012 - More patients returned to the comfort of home this year thanks to Cornwall Community Hospital's (CCH) success in adopting the Home First philosophy. The hospital has helped 25 patients recover at home with enhanced home-care services since January 1, 2012.

The concept is simple but represents a huge shift in thinking about health care.

Home First is a new philosophy that helps patients transition from hospital back to their homes. By working with patients and their families, the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and Community Support Service agencies can help patients stay in their own homes or, if necessary, move to a more appropriate place for care.

"The success of this initiative demonstrates that major decisions about changes in lifestyle, including moving to supportive housing or long term care, can be made from home, not from hospital," explains Jeanette Despatie, Chief Executive Officer of CCH.

Cathy Abrams knows this firsthand. About a year ago her mother Margery, 81, fell down the stairs while at a party and suffered a major brain injury. The Cornwall senior was able to return home after a six-month stay in hospital with enhanced home support services, including nursing and personal care. "Mom has made such an incredible recovery at home – she was so depressed when she was in the hospital," says Abrams. "It makes the holidays extra special knowing she is where she wants to be – at home."

Abrams adds that the time at home has also given her and the rest of the family the space to plan and monitor her mom's recovery. "It's incredible to see how far she has come."

Champlain CCAC CEO Gilles Lanteigne says Home First benefits both patients and the system. "People who receive care at home are generally happier and tend to recover faster," says Lanteigne. "What's more, getting better at home eases pressures on hospitals and emergency room wait times, and reduces the risk of infections that can be picked up while in a hospital."


About the Champlain CCAC

The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is one of the largest health service providers in eastern Ontario, connecting people to care in a region covering over 18,000 sq. km. Every year, the Champlain CCAC supports clients in a variety of settings through injury, illness and the complications of age or disability by facilitating their access to information, community-based services and other resources. Our client care coordination teams help develop care plans for people of all ages, focused on maintaining independence and dignity at home and in their community.