Home First is a significant shift in health care thinking. When a person enters a hospital with an acute episode, every effort is made to ensure adequate resources are in place to support the person to ultimately go home on discharge. Only when returning home is not possible or safe to do so, are other options considered.
In Waterloo Wellington, our Home First Steering Committee - made up of CCAC, hospital, Community Support Services and other health service providers - is working hard to ensure a smooth transition of patients from hospital to home with community supports.
Provincially, a Home First Toolkit has been produced for all health care communities across the province. The toolkit references leading practices such as those developed locally. The toolkit aims to ensure all health care communities are meeting Home First best practices. This toolkit will be considered as we continue to make home first a priority for people in our community.