Mississauga Halton LHIN investing in more care for seniors and community services


    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network is receiving
$24.9 million to ensure more seniors can continue to live independently and to
allow hospital patients to receive appropriate care in the right setting.
    As part of the successful Aging at Home program, the Mississauga Halton
LHIN is receiving $19.1 million, an increase of $11.4 million, to help seniors
receive needed health services in the comfort and dignity of their own homes
and communities, instead of in a hospital. The Aging at Home program combines
traditional health services - such as home care and supportive housing - with
new, locally-driven, innovative approaches to caring for seniors.The Mississauga Halton LHIN is also receiving:

    -  $4.3 million for increased home care, personal support and homemaking
       services provided by Community Care Access Centres
    -  $1.25 million to invest in local solutions that will address alternate
       level of care (ALC) pressures
    -  $250,000 for nurse-led outreach teams to provide more care to patients
       in long-term care homes and help them avoid transfers to a hospital
       emergency room.ALC patients are individuals in hospital beds who would be better cared
for in alternate setting, such as long-term care, rehab, or at home. Having
more home care and community services enables ALC patients to leave hospital
sooner, making more beds available to emergency room patients.

    QUOTES

    "We are truly pleased with the government's ongoing commitment to
improving the lives of seniors in our LHIN communities," said Bill MacLeod,
CEO of the Mississauga Halton LHIN. "This focus on community-based care will
help advance our Integrated Health Service Plan priority on seniors' health,
wellness and quality of life and give seniors the support they need to achieve
greater independence and better health so they can remain in their own
communities, close to friends and loved ones."QUICK FACTS

    -  The Ontario government is investing $1.1 billion over four years in
       the Aging at Home Strategy.
    -  It is estimated that Ontario's senior population will double over the
       next 16 years.
    -  The Ontario Hospital Association indicates that hospital patients who
       are awaiting access to appropriate care elsewhere occupy almost 19 per
       cent of hospital beds in the province.


                                 BACKGROUNDER

       MISSISSAUGA HALTON LHIN INVESTING IN MORE CARE FOR SENIORS AND
                             COMMUNITY SERVICESThe Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is
delighted to announce, with the endorsement of the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care, substantial investments in our community sector under the
Aging at Home Strategy for 2009/10. The Mississauga Halton LHIN is receiving
$24.9 million in 2009/10 for a number of initiatives to help seniors live
healthy, independent lives in their own homes and to decrease the number of
alternate level of care (ALC) patients in hospitals.
    Having more home care and community services enables an ALC patient to
leave a hospital sooner, making more beds available to emergency room
patients. These services also provide ongoing health supports to seniors which
reduces their need to go to their local hospital emergency room (ER).Aging at Home Strategy
    ----------------------The Mississauga Halton LHIN is receiving $19.1 million in 2009/10 to
increase the range and quantity of services available to seniors, and to help
relieve pressure in hospitals and long-term care homes.
    This year's investment is an increase of $11.4 million from 2008/09.
    The Aging at Home program expands traditional services that help seniors
stay healthy and live at home. These services include home care, assistive
devices, assisted living/supportive housing and end-of-life care.
    The Aging at Home program also encourages innovation at a local level, by
giving LHINs the flexibility to start some creative projects that are
tailor-made for seniors living in communities with specific needs.
    To date, the following initiatives have been approved for funding in
2009/10. The remainder of the funding for this year will be allocated at a
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    Name of                                                           2009-10
    Initiative  Service Provider  Description                         FUNDING
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    Supports    VON Peel Branch   Expand VON Peel's existing         $570,450
    for Daily                     Supports for Daily Living (SDL)
    Living -                      program offering service on a
    Westminster                   24/7/365 basis in 4150 Westminster
    Place                         Place and 3061 Battleford Road.
                                  Seniors will be provided with up to
                                  1.5 hours of service per day, 7
                                  days week, 365 days a year. The
                                  full range of services mandated
                                  within the SDL model (personal care,
                                  homemaking and attendant care) in
                                  order to assist with essential
                                  activities of daily living, will
                                  be provided by trained staff.
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    Supports    MICBA Forum       Extend SDL program into the         $35,645
    for Daily   Italia Community  adjacent apartment tower located on
    Living -    Services          MICBA Forum's property to target up
    Apartment                     to 15 clients with the greatest care
    Tower                         needs and that require 24/7/365
                                  supports. The full range of services
                                  mandated with the SDL model
                                  (personal care, homemaking, and
                                  attendant service) in order to
                                  assist with essential activities of
                                  daily living will be provided.
                                  Seniors will be provided with up to
                                  1.5 hours of service per day, 7 days per
                                  week, 365 days a year.
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    Seniors     S.E.N.A.C.A       Expand S.E.N.A.C.A.'s current      $130,000
    Day         Seniors Day       adult day program at the Palermo
    Program -   Program           site to meet the needs of the
    Partnering                    rapidly growing population North of
    in                            Oakville. The program will also meet
    Diversity                     the needs of all ethnic and
                                  multicultural communities by
                                  providing a multicultural adult day
                                  program.
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    Implemen-   Credit Valley     Establish a falls prevention/bone     Final
    tation      Hospital          health service at Trillium Health   alloca-
    of Falls                      Centre and falls prevention service    tion
    Prevention                    at Halton Healthcare Services,        to be
    Strategy                      complete with interdisciplinary      deter-
    Components                    assessment clinic and follow-up      mined.
                                  exercise circuit sessions and
                                  education sessions; and, the
                                  provision of falls prevention
                                  education and exercise sessions in
                                  the community to healthier seniors.
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    Sheridan    Regional          Increase the capacity of the       $175,476
    Villa       Municipality of   current Adult Day Service by 15%
    Adult Day   Peel              over the 08/09 target. The proposed
    Service                       model will provide enhanced
    Program:                      integrated multidisciplinary support
    Enhancement                   to new and existing clients. In
    of Services                   addition, caregivers will be
    and Increased                 provided with increased wellness
    Capacity                      learning opportunities, emotional
                                  support and assistance to access
                                  other services as needed.
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    24 hour     Nucleus           Provide SDL services through a   $2,028,861
    Mobile      Independent       24 hour mobile patrol across the
    Supports    Living            MH LHIN to seniors (75+). Seniors
    for Daily                     will receive SDL services (personal
    Living                        care, homemaking and attendant care)
    Services                      in their own homes. This service
                                  will also facilitate discharge from
                                  ER for those clients who need
                                  assistance to settle at home. The
                                  mobile patrol will meet clients at
                                  their home, get them settled and
                                  check-in on them until the CCAC
                                  takes over for assessment. (The
                                  2009/10 funding includes the
                                  previously committed 2008/09
                                  allocation.)
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    Supports    Oakville Senior   Extend a current SDL program on a  $410,625
    for Daily   Citizens          24/7/365 basis in a targeted
    Living -    Residence         building on Marine Drive in
    Marine Drive                  Oakville. The full range of services
                                  for SDL model (personal care,
                                  homemaking and attendant care) in
                                  order to assist with essential
                                  activities of daily living, will be
                                  provided by trained staff. (The
                                  2009/10 funding was the previously
                                  committed 2008/09 allocation.)
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    Elder       Peel Senior Link  Partnership between Peel Senior     $48,300
    Abuse                         Link and Family Services of Peel.
    Support                       Expand an existing Elder Abuse
    Program                       Support Program, which provides abused
                                  seniors with support, counselling,
                                  family mediation, linkages, referrals
                                  and care coordination. Part of the
                                  position is currently funded by
                                  United Way of Peel Region.
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    Telephone   Peel Senior Link  Partnership between Peel Senior     $12,800
    Re-                           Link and Square One Older Adults
    Assurance                     Centre. Provide Telephone Reassurance
    Program                       program to seniors living at home.
                                  Square One Older Adults Centre staff
                                  would coordinate the program, recruit,
                                  train and supervise the older adult
                                  volunteers who would be making the
                                  reassurance phone calls. Emergency
                                  contact information would be given
                                  by each client and an emergency
                                  protocol would be established and
                                  followed when the clients are not
                                  reachable by phone at the
                                  predetermined time.
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    Integrated  Links2Care        Integration initiative between     $125,384
    Proposal                      Links2Care and Storefront Humber.
    for Home                      Provide assistance to seniors in
    Maintenance                   maintaining their home environment
    & Repair                      by arranging for an individual
    (Brokerage                    provider or company to undertake
    Model)                        home maintenance and repair jobs
                                  around the home (i.e. snow removal,
                                  home repairs, etc.). As a brokerage
                                  model the HSP will vet the providers
                                  to ensure that seniors can be
                                  comfortable and confident with
                                  having these individuals in their
                                  homes.
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    Integrated  Links2Care        Integration initiative between     $574,816
    Proposal                      Links2Care and Storefront Humber.
    for Home                      Provide home help services such as
    Help                          house cleaning, laundry, light meal
                                  preparation, grocery shopping, etc
                                  to seniors. These services are
                                  targeted to those seniors who
                                  require occasional assistance but
                                  not daily needs.
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    Supporting  Peel Senior Link  Expand SDL services to a new site  $570,450
    Senior                        (1745 Dundas Street East) and 30
    Independence                  new clients. Seniors will be
    & Healthy                     provided up to 1.5 hours of service
    Neighbourhoods                per day 24/7/365. The core services
                                  provided will include personal
                                  support, attendant care, and
                                  homemaking services.
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    Supports    Region of Halton  Implement an SDL neighbourhood     $595,979
    for Daily                     program on a 24/7/365 basis
    Living (SDL)                  utilizing 271 Kerr St. (The John R.
    - Kerr                        Rhodes Seniors Residence) as the hub
    Street Hub                    for 30 seniors. Services will target
                                  seniors 75+ suffering form chronic
                                  disease, co-morbidity, age related
                                  disabilities and/or risk of caregiver
                                  breakdown. Core services will
                                  include the full range of services
                                  mandated with the SDL model
                                  (personal care, homemaking and
                                  attendant care) to ensure essential
                                  activities of daily living are met.
                                  Seniors will be provided up to 1.5
                                  hours of service per day, 24/7,
                                  365 days per year.
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    Support     Yee Hong Centre   Establish an integrated and        $615,653
    for Daily   for Geriatric     ethno-culturally specific SDL
    Living for  Care              program to seniors in Yee Hong's
    Chinese                       neighbouring district. Yee Hong will
    Seniors                       set up a care hub in Coral Place
    in Yee Hong                   (55 Glenn Hawthorne Boulevard), the
    Neighbourhood                 only social housing for Chinese in
                                  Mississauga. The program will
                                  provide the full range of services
                                  mandated within the SDL model
                                  (personal care, homemaking, and
                                  attendant care) and provide an
                                  average of 1.5 hours of service per
                                  client per day 24/7/365.
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    Support      Ontario March    Implement an SDL program in the    $570,450
    for Daily    of Dimes         city of Etobicoke in a building
    Living - The                  (451 The West Mall) which is located
    West Mall,                    in a high density area for seniors.
    Etobicoke                     Seniors in the program will have
                                  access to care on a 24/7/365 basis
                                  and be provided with an average of
                                  1.5 hours of service per day.
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    Halton       Region of        Establish a new adult day program  $512,650
    Hills Adult  Halton           in Georgetown, which "collaborates"
    Day &                         with Links2Care, the Alzheimer
    Respite                       Society, MH CCAC, Georgetown
    Centre                        Hospital/Supportive Housing Program,
                                  Georgetown Seniors Centre.
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    Alzheimer   Alzheimer         Expand existing programs to a      $962,953
    Society     Society of        new site in the North/Central area
    Peel        Peel              of Mississauga. The boundaries of the
    North                         existing programs would be re-aligned.
    Central                       The program would include the same
    Adult Day                     components of the existing programs
    Program                       plus an extension of services such
                                  as enhanced therapy services,
                                  client/caregiver health, safety and
                                  behaviour modification, music therapy,
                                  occupational therapy, etc.
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    Regional    Credit            Continue to build                  Final
    Geriatric   Valley            capacity and improve access     allocation
    Program     Hospital          to specialized geriatric           to be
    (SPPICESS)                    services. Proposed              determined.
                                  initiatives include: addition
                                  of geriatric assessment clinics
                                  to provide urgent/timely
                                  assessment and treatment;
                                  expansion of geriatric outreach
                                  to provide comprehensive geriatric
                                  assessment and consultation in
                                  collaboration with the physician
                                  in the older person's home;
                                  creation of central intake and
                                  referral and standardization
                                  of the model of care across the
                                  clinics; and, implementation of
                                  SPPICESS-8 steps to better care
                                  for hospitalized seniors.
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    Intensive   Mississauga       Add 2 Geriatric System             $151,216
    System      Halton            Navigators (Case Managers)
    Navigation  CCAC              to provide coverage to all
    for Seniors                   3 hospitals. This program
    75+                           targets seniors' age 75+ who
                                  visit one of the Emergency
                                  Departments in the LHIN and are
                                  treated and released. All visits
                                  of this nature are referred to
                                  MH CCAC within a 24 hour period and
                                  all clients are contacted for
                                  follow-up. With consent, a RAI-HC
                                  assessment is completed by the GSN
                                  to determine what may be done to prevent
                                  repeated visits to ED, link to primary
                                  care, link to community resources and
                                  supports to decrease risk and enable
                                  these individuals to continue to live
                                  safely in the community.
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    20 Acute    Trillium          45 additional acute care beds,   $1,375,000
    Trans-      Health            on an interim basis, to serve
    itional     Centre -          up to 600 people awaiting LTC
    Beds        Mississauga       Home placement. Patients will
    ------------------------      receive focused care to regain
    25 Acute    Halton            strength and maintain functional
    Trans-      Healthcare        ability. (This 12 month funding
    itional     Services          initiative started in 2008,
    Beds        Corporation       continuing in 2009. The 2008/09
                                  allocation was $2,220,000.)
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    Name of     Service           Description (launched               2009/10
    Initiative  Provider          in 2008/09)                         FUNDING
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    Supports    Oakville          This program will allow            $323,068
    for Daily   Senior            faster discharge of clients
    Living -    Citizens          from hospital who require
    Recovery    Residence         direct hourly monitoring
    Program                       and supervision. It will also
                                  divert those clients who do
                                  not require hospitalization
                                  but could end up in hospital
                                  due to episodic illness
                                  (i.e. flu) that has created
                                  temporary disability.
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    Supports    Oakville          Expansion of the existing          $248,200
    for Daily   Senior            services will have multiple
    Living -    Citizens          benefits. Average age in
    Residential Residence         this building is 85+ in years
                                  and, service needs and acuity
                                  have increased. Increasing the
                                  existing units of service to
                                  1.5 hours (90 minutes) per day
                                  will avert the admission of
                                  stable, healthy seniors to
                                  Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes.
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    Supports    Oakville          Extension of a Supports for        $486,965
    for Daily   Senior            Daily Living Program into
    Living -    Citizens          the adjacent apartment
    Apartment   Residence         tower would result in a
    Tower                         further diversion of clients
                                  from LTC Homes. With this
                                  extension, those clients who
                                  have the greatest care needs
                                  and require 24/7 support will
                                  be targeted.
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    Supports    Ivan Franko       Increase in evening and night       $80,520
    for Daily   Home              supervision to allow the
    Living      (Mississauga)     residence to age at home.
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    Supports    Peel              Expansion of current               $993,790
    for Daily   Senior            capacity in 5 buildings where
    Living      Link              service is offered in order to
                                  allow identified seniors requiring
                                  service to age at home.
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    Expand and  Halton            Expansion of geriatric mental      $500,000
    Develop     Healthcare        health outreach services across
    Geriatric   Services          Mississauga Halton LHIN and
    Mental      Corporation       creation of targeted partnerships
    Health                        to strengthen the health and
    Outreach                      social service continuum
    Services                      responsible for supporting
                                  seniors/families affected by
                                  serious mental illness and/or
                                  behavioural difficulties
                                  (e.g. responsive behaviour)
                                  residing in community or long
                                  term care homes settings.
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    Mississauga Credit            Implementation of appropriate,     $160,000
    Halton      Valley            individually tailored,
    LHIN Falls  Hospital          progressive
    Prevention  (The)             program with activities
    Project                       evidenced to improve balance
                                  and strength, which are
                                  important to preventing falls.
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    Mississauga Acclaim           Strengthen palliative education    $246,000
    Halton      Health            and clinical resources in the
    Palliative                    LTC community both for clinicians
    Care                          and caregivers; provide for a
    Services                      Consulting Medical Director,
                                  increased pain and symptom
                                  management staff and education
                                  resources; and, enhance
                                  clinical/care giver awareness
                                  and understanding by providing
                                  education sessions for Advanced
                                  Palliative Care Guidelines,
                                  DNR Roles and Responsibilities
                                  and Nursing Guidelines.
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    Enhanced    India             Increase service in existing       $384,950
    Seniors     Rainbow           locations to serve 25 new
    and         Community         clients from Oakville/Mississauga
    Caregiver   Services          as well as the addition of a
    Health,     of Peel           preventative program for
    Wellness                      healthy seniors.
    and
    Quality
    of Life
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    Canadian    Canadian Red      To ensure the efficient            $324,800
    Red Cross   Cross             and timely operation of
    Transport-                    the 7 A@H vans distributed
    ation                         by the LHIN to the Canadian
    Strategy                      Red Cross, the Red Cross will
                                  be hiring 8 full time drivers.
                                  The Red Cross will be able to
                                  leverage this new investment in
                                  capacity to enhance provision of
                                  health-related transportation
                                  service to the seniors in the
                                  LHIN when and where needed to
                                  support them continue to live
                                  independent and healthy lives in
                                  their communities.
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    Support     Credit            An inter-disciplinary group        $400,000
    Residents   Valley            of LTC home staff, physicians,
    of LTC      Hospital          a primary care nurse practitioner
    Through     (The)             (NP) extended class designation
    NP Model                      and Community Care Access Centre
                                  (CCAC) case managers working
                                  collaboratively to support LTC
                                  homes with the ongoing management
                                  of residents who have sudden or
                                  semi-urgent injuries or illnesses
                                  and to facilitate discharge of
                                  residents back from hospitals.
                                  Additionally, as the program
                                  moves forward, to enhance and
                                  support care in the LTC Homes
                                  not only through direct intervention,
                                  but also with ongoing support for
                                  the enhancement of the role of the
                                  LTC Home nursing staff.
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    ABI -       Peel Halton       Develop a centralized intake       $823,928
    Neurobe-    Acquired          process to allow for
    havioural   Brain             cooperative assessment
    Outreach    Injury            and service planning
    Expansion   Services          for seniors with ABI
    and Day     (PHABIS)          (inclusive of screening
    Service                       tool); complete regular
    Program                       client review meetings
    Expansion                     (all providers) to track
                                  the care of seniors in
                                  generic community senior
                                  services; and, provide a
                                  day program for those who
                                  are unable to access
                                  community programs
                                  (by reason of cognitive /
                                  behavioural issues), or who
                                  have no existing services
                                  available to them. Furthermore,
                                  where community care resources/LTC
                                  resources are being challenged
                                  to meet the needs of the ABI
                                  senior due to the degree of
                                  cognitive/behavioural impairment,
                                  the PHABIS Neuro-Behavioural
                                  Support Worker staff team will
                                  provide augmented resources that
                                  consist of implementation of the
                                  Neurobehavioural Model of Care,
                                  education of and consultation to,
                                  the direct care staff and/or
                                  family/caregiver. This program
                                  address the issues of
                                  inappropriately placed ABI seniors
                                  in LTC beds and ABI seniors whose
                                  neuro-cognitive challenges impact
                                  on the ability of LTC facilities
                                  to safely manage their behaviour.
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    Seniors     Seniors Life      Seniors Life Enhancement Centres   $91,488
    Life        Enhancement       provides an assortment of Seniors Day
    Enhancement Centres           Services, including health
    Consolidation                 monitoring and assessments, health
    Project                       education and social programming out
                                  of 2 locations in Mississauga.
                                  Proposed initiative is to
                                  consolidate to one premise to
                                  enable the combining of 2 centres
                                  into one facility for the provision
                                  of added care and services as
                                  well expansion of clients seen
                                  in the program.
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    Alzheimer   Wesburn           Creation of a new Adult Day        $223,450
    Adult       Manor             Program targeting seniors with
    Day                           Alzheimer and other progressive
    Program                       cognitive disorders or dementia
                                  population in South Etobicoke.
                                  The program will also target
                                  the caregivers of the clients
                                  on the program.
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    Yee Hong    Yee Hong          Creation of an integrated Adult    $454,711
    Adult       Centre for        Day Program for frail
    Day         Geriatric         seniors, seniors with dementia
    Program     Care              and seniors post-stroke and a
                                  congregate dining program
                                  for those in the program and
                                  others at the site to access.
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    Urgent Priorities Fund - Addressing ALC Pressures
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    The Mississauga Halton LHIN is receiving $1.25 million to help provide
community alternatives to hospital care.

    Last year, this fund helped to:

    -   Reduce ER visits by providing additional community supports through
        supportive housing or by placing more nurses in long-term care homes
    -   Move ALC patients to a more appropriate health care setting as
        quickly as possible by improving the electronic flow of information
        from hospitals to long-term care homes.

    Increasing Home Care Services - CCAC Service Maximums
    -----------------------------------------------------

    The Mississauga Halton LHIN is receiving $4.3 million in 2009/10 for
changes made last year to increase the availability and integration of home
care services. This included increasing the limits on hours of person
support/homemaking services by 50 per cent, and removing limits entirely for
patients waiting for a long-term care bed or receiving end-of-life services at
home.

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    Name of                                                           2009-10
    Initiative  Service Provider  Description                         FUNDING
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                          CCAC Service Enhancements
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    Intensive   MH CCAC           Targets seniors age 75+            $556,866
    System                        who visit one of the
    Navigation                    Emergency Departments in the
    for                           LHIN and are treated and
    Seniors 75+                   released. All visits of this
                                  nature within a 24 hour period
                                  are referred to MH CCAC
                                  and all clients will be
                                  contacted for follow-up
                                  and assessment by the GSN
                                  to determine what may be
                                  done to prevent repeated
                                  visits to ED, link to
                                  primary care, link to
                                  community resources and
                                  supports to decrease risk
                                  and enable these individuals
                                  to continue to live safely
                                  in the community.
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    Wait at     MH CCAC           Provide enhanced service level   $2,475,774
    Home                          for 60 days to facilitate
    Program                       discharge from hospital
                                  and enable the long-term
                                  care home placement process
                                  to occur from the community.
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    Stay at     MH CCAC           Targets seniors 75+ with a       $1,291,362
    Home                          MAPLe score of 4 or 5
                                  (indication of care need from
                                  RAI - HC) to receive an enhanced
                                  level of services to keep them
                                  safe at home and prevent an
                                  unnecessary LTCH admission
                                  where possible.
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    Nurse-Led Outreach Team
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    The Mississauga Halton LHIN is receiving $250,000 for a nurse-led outreach
team that has been created to provide long-term care home residents with
timely and appropriate care, and stabilize residents who need more urgent
attention. This team of nurse practitioners and registered nurses will travel
to LTC homes to assess urgent problems, determine the need for hospitals care,
and provide interventions (such as intravenous therapy, antibiotic management
and administering oxygen) in cases where unnecessary visits to the hospital
and the ER can be avoided.

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    Name of                                                           2009-10
    Initiative  Service Provider  Description                         FUNDING
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                           Nurse-Led Outreach Teams
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    Support     Credit            Integrated with MH LHIN's          $250,000
    Residents   Valley            existing program which was
    of LTC      Hospital          funded through 2008/09
    through                       Aging at Home.
    NP Model                      An inter-disciplinary
                                  group of LTC home staff,
                                  physicians, a primary
                                  care nurse practitioner
                                  (NP) extended class
                                  designation and Community
                                  Care Access Centre (CCAC)
                                  case managers working
                                  collaboratively to support
                                  LTC homes with the ongoing
                                  management of residents who
                                  have sudden or semi-urgent
                                  injuries or illnesses and
                                  to facilitate discharge of
                                  residents back from hospitals.
                                  Additionally, as the project
                                  moves forward, to enhance and
                                  support care in the LTC Homes
                                  not only through direct
                                  intervention, but also with
                                  ongoing support for the
                                  enhancement of the role of
                                  the LTC Home nursing staff.
                                  Additional funding provided
                                  will allow expansion of the
                                  program to provide coverage
                                  to all 27 homes in the MH LHIN.
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For further information: Media Contact: Bill MacLeod, CEO, Mississauga
Halton LHIN, (905) 337-7131, ext. 207