FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 26, 2012
On November 22, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced additional funding of $14.3 million to help the South West LHIN and many of its funded organizations support care at home and in the community across the region. The South West CCAC received approximately $9 million of the total.
"We’ve made the right choice to invest our precious health care dollars where they are most needed," said Matthews. "This will allow more Ontarians to live independently at home, and reduce pressure on hospitals and long-term care homes."
Sandra Coleman, CEO of the South West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), was delighted by the announcement. "Increases in home care and community supports are critical to ensuring that people receive the right care in the right place," she said at the announcement.
The CCAC ensures that people get the care they need in their homes and communities, coordinating care provided by nurses, other health professionals and community organization. "We help people heal at home and stay in their own homes longer," says Coleman. "When home is no longer an option, we help people make the transition to other living arrangements. The CCAC reduces the pressure on other parts of the health system, and delivers exceptional value for the resources invested in us."
The new funding will support Home First, the highly successful CCAC program that enables people with complex health needs to get home from hospital before making any major decisions about their future. Home First has reduced the number of people waiting in hospital for long-term care by nearly half in London and Elgin and will now expand to Owen Sound, Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Ingersoll.
The funding will also support the expansion of e-Shift, an innovative CCAC program that uses smartphone technology to enable personal support workers to provide overnight care for palliative patients. The expan- sion will mean that as many as 60 people at any one time can be supported to die at home, regardless of where they live in the South West. E-Shift was recently named a Leading Practice by Accreditation Canada.
"Health care in Ontario is in the process of transformation," says Coleman. "We believe that the focus on home and community care coordinated by the CCAC will generate big benefits for all of us."