Recently, additional funding was announced by the provincial government to help seniors to remain healthy and independent at home for as long as possible.
The Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre will receive approximately $3.4 million to provide services for patients with complex needs.
Windsor West Liberal MPP Teresa Piruzza made the announcement Friday, November 15th at at the CCAC's Windsor branch. She understands there is a great need in the community for these services.
"Caring for our growing population of seniors is something we're working on addressing today so that our healthcare system is prepared to take on tomorrow's needs," said Piruzza. "We know that as much as possible, our seniors want to receive care at home, in their community... at the right place, at the right time."
Caen Suni, the Erie St. Clair CCAC's senior director of partnership development and strategic planning believes the funding will help patients remain healthy and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.
"This means avoiding unnecessary hospital visits or having patients go prematurely into institutional care and of course, reinforcing the mindset that in our community if seniors wish to go home and they wish to make home first their choice, we must do everything that is possible and responsible to make this happen," said Suni.
Gary Switzer, CEO of Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network, said that the LHIN delegates the money based on the greatest patient need in the region.
"This is to provide enhanced services in the home to these patients and these are complex patients. They have a number of chronic diseases, for example," said Switzer. "Their support system may not be as broad as the community's so they need the friendly visitors ... they'll need the nurse to come in."
"But as you age, these conditions get worse and worse and worse so you need more and more services," said Switzer. "This is recognition that as your need increases the services will be there for you."