TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - With a pivotal role in caring for more
than 630,000 people each year, Ontario's 14 Community Care Access
Centres (CCACs) enthusiastically support the provincial government's
commitment to increasing access to home care as articulated in the
Speech from the Throne delivered yesterday.
"All parties in the legislature recognize home and community care as an
integral component of an effective and innovative health care system
focused on getting people the care they need when they need it. Working
with our health care partners, we support the government in moving
forward with Ontario's Seniors Strategy and are pleased to see that
Health Links will continue to be a priority for all of us. CCACs are
committed health care partners, helping to improve access and reduce
wait times for Ontarians," says Dan Burns, CEO, Ontario Association for
Community Care Access Centres.
CCACs are engaged with their partners in supporting people with high
care needs in their homes and in the community. Building on this work,
CCACs are ready to work hand-in-hand with Local Health Integration
Networks (LHINs), physicians, hospitals, community service providers
and others to build the strong, coordinated health care system that
people need through Ontario's new Health Links patient care networks.
By encouraging a diversity of local approaches, the Health Links open
new doors for innovation in health care and will promote a more
coordinated care experience for the patients who need care the most,
whether they are in the hospital or at home or in the community.
CCACs care for more than 300,000 seniors each year and are dedicated to
supporting the Seniors Strategy by doing everything they can to address
the complex and varied needs of older Ontarians holistically and
sustainably - helping them to stay healthy and live safely and
independently at home for as long as possible.
About Ontario's CCACs:
Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) connect people across Ontario with
quality in‐home and community‐based health care. Caring for more than
600,000 Ontarians annually, we provide information, direct access to
qualified care providers and community‐based services to help people
come home from hospital or live independently at home.
In 2011-12, CCACs cared for more than 637,000 people, including:
517,965 patients receiving home care
79,226 children receiving health-care services in their schools
98,000 people accessing long-term care homes
25,680 patients receiving palliative care at home
Last year, this included:
23 million hours of personal support
6 million nursing visits
2 million hours of shift nursing care
1.3 million visits from therapists and other allied health providers
SOURCE: Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres
For further information:
Gabriella Skubincan, Director, Communications, OACCAC