McGuinty Government Providing More Access to Community Services in
TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario is making it easier for Toronto
seniors to live independently at home longer by increasing support for
home care and other community services.
This year, Ontario is increasing support for community services in the
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, such as:
Increasing programs that help more seniors transition from hospital to
Providing over 111,000 more personal support worker hours for frail
seniors in Toronto;
A caregiver program that helps to ease the physical, financial and
emotional burden of caring for a frail elderly loved one.
Through this investment, seniors will now have more options for care and
be able to return home sooner after a stay in the hospital. Increased
community support will allow the Toronto Central LHIN to help
approximately 3,600 seniors enjoy a higher quality of life and live in
the community, where they want to be. Ensuring Ontarians receive the
care they need in their community and at home will help reduce
avoidable and costly emergency room visits, hospital readmissions and
early placement in long-term care.
Increased support for home care and community services helps to provide
the right care, at the right time, in the right place and is part of
Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care.
"Over the next few years, Toronto Central LHIN will focus on what
populations need, including frail seniors who have the highest needs
and who require a great deal of health care resources. Investing in
more community supports will allow seniors and other clients to remain
in their communities instead of the hospital."
—Camille Orridge, CEO, Toronto Central LHIN
"Home and community care is critical to creating communities who can
care and support seniors to live and age at home. The government's
investment in home and community care is a critical step forward to
helping us create and further build these caring and supportive
Stacey Daub, CEO, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre
"We've made the right choice to invest our precious health care dollars
where they are most needed - in home and community care. This will
allow more Ontarians to live independently at home, and reduce pressure
on hospitals and long-term care homes."
—Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Investing in frail seniors is part of Toronto Central LHIN's overall
strategic plan which includes a range of new and expanded
community-based services geared to high-needs populations including
people with mental illness and addictions - children and youth,
Aboriginal people and women - and seniors, people with disabilities and
those with multiple chronic diseases.
Investing in community care will help 90,000 more seniors across Ontario
receive care at home and fund an additional three million personal
support worker hours over the next three years.
More than 758,000 Ontarians received support through Community Support
Services last year.
This investment is part of the 2012 Ontario Budget commitment to
increase funding for community and home care services.
Learn about alternatives to a hospital ER.
Learn about home care and community support services for seniors.
Learn about Community Care Access Centres.
Read about the investments in the Toronto Central LHIN.
For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
SOURCE: Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
For further information:
Toronto Central LHIN