Improving Quality Of Life In Long-Term Care Homes



    
    McGuinty Government Makes It Easier For Residents To Live In Home Of
    Their Choice
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is making it easier for residents to move to another long-term
care (LTC) home of their choice.
    New regulations under Ontario's long-term care home legislation will
enable residents in different homes to switch places if the move is mutually
desired.
    The highest priority will be given to residents who are seeking to be
reunited with a spouse or partner. The next priority will be given to
residents who are seeking admission to a LTC home that serves persons of their
religion, ethnicity or language.
    These changes may also encourage hospital patients, who are waiting for a
LTC home bed, to accept a home that's not their first choice, knowing there's
a greater opportunity to move to their first choice later on. This would make
a hospital bed available sooner, improving the flow of patients throughout the
hospital and reducing wait times.
    Community Care Access Centres, which are responsible for admissions to
LTC homes, will have the authority to facilitate moves when they become aware
of a matching opportunity for two residents of two different LTC homes.

    QUOTES

    "Our government is ensuring that long-term care residents are getting the
care they need with compassion and commitment," said David Caplan, Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care. "This is a simple, meaningful step to improve their
quality of life."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   As part of the 2008 budget, the total government investment for LTC
        homes increased to $3.1 billion in 2008/09, an increase of
        10.6 per cent over the 2007 budget.

    -   The government will be redeveloping 35,000 older LTC beds over the
        next 10 years to ensure equitable access to quality LTC homes.

    LEARN MORE
    Find out more about choosing a long-term care home
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/ltc/15_facilities.html).

    For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
    (Toll-free in Ontario only)
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       ONTARIO IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS
    

    "It gives me great pride to announce this new regulation change in
Sturgeon Falls today," said David Ramsay, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane. "The
people who built the communities deserve to stay in them, close to their
families and friends. As this new legislation rolls out province-wide, it will
improve the lives of residents and families in Ontario's long-term care
homes."
    "The government is giving us the ability to help residents move to the
place where they most want to live," said Margaret Mottershead, CEO of the
Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres. "We'll be able to
identify and coordinate these transfers without affecting people still waiting
to be placed in a long-term care home."
    "With these new regulations, we look forward to helping residents find
the long-term care home that best suits their needs," said Richard Joly,
executive director of the North East Community Care Access Centre. "At the
same time, we hope to be able to place people in a long-term care home
quicker, knowing they can get an opportunity to move to the home of their
choice in the future."

    
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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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