Landmark Provincial Aging at Home Strategy Launches in South West LHIN



    McGuinty Government Improves Access to Community-Based Health Care
    Services

    LONDON, ON, June 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Standing in front of a new Dodge Caravan that will provide area seniors
with rides to appointments, Khalil Ramal, MPP London-Fanshawe, today announced
a series of local Aging at Home initiatives which are receiving $6 million
this year.
    More than 250 new programs - funded with $76 million this year - and a
total of 100 vans providing 135,000 rides to appointments across Ontario are
part of the province's landmark Aging at Home Strategy, a $1.1 billion
initiative to help seniors live healthy, independent lives in the comfort and
dignity of their own homes.
    Aging at Home is part of the Ontario government's broader strategy to
reduce wait times in emergency rooms. Offering better community supports to
our seniors allows them to stay in their homes longer and reduces pressures on
Ontario's ERs.
    South West LHIN will be implementing 25 programs this year with
$6 million in provincial funding - initiatives ranging from wellness education
programs to offering seniors transportation and assistance to safely settle
back home following a hospitalization. Many of the Aging at Home proposals
that were submitted to the South West LHIN were focused on improving
transportation services for seniors. The provincial vans announced today
provide an opportunity to further strengthen local programs. - designed to
provide senior-centered accessible care in the community. These initiatives
emphasize a mix of community-based services in the following areas:

    
    -   Caregiver support and education
    -   Supportive housing
    -   Transportation and meals
    -   Physical activity
    -   Wellness and preventive care
    -   Reducing isolation
    

    For example, the Safe at Home program to be offered by the South West
Community Care Access Centre will assist frail seniors through visits from a
nurse practionner and additional nursing and personal support visits to review
medications, ensure the caregiver is coping and to provide the medical and
personal assistance to keep them safe and living independently in their home.
    The Community Stroke Rehabilitation program collaboratively offered by
St Joseph's Health Care, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance and Grey Bruce Health
Services will provide a team of rehabilitation specialists to assist
individuals who have had a stroke to make further gains in their recovery
after leaving the hospital so that they can continue to live independently.
    These are but two examples of the innovative programs that are supported
in the South West LHIN through funding under the Aging at Home Strategy.

    QUOTES

    "We have worked diligently with our community partners to develop
innovative health care services for seniors," said Tony Woolgar, Chief
Executive Office, South West LHIN. "A lack of adequate transportation services
presents a serious challenge to the delivery of health care for many people.
The new van fleet will provide reliable and vital transportation for Ontario
seniors and allow our residents to receive the care they need where and when
they want it."

    "With these new vans, our seniors will have easier access to the health
and social services they need," said Khalil Ramal, MPP London-Fanshawe. "By
delivering on stronger community programs for seniors, we will not only help
them to age with dignity and independence at home, but also ease pressures on
our hospitals, especially in emergency rooms."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The new van fleet will provide 135,000 rides for seniors across
        Ontario to and from medical appointments this year.
    -   The nine vans in the South West LHIN are expected to provide 12,492
        rides that will improve access to health care for seniors.
    -   Ontario's Aging at Home Strategy is a four-year $1.1 Billion
        initiative launched in 2007.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about Ontario's Aging at Home Strategy
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/ltc/34_strategy_qa.html).

                                 BACKGROUNDER

    SOUTH WEST LHIN ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTH CARE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR
                                   SENIORS
    

    The Ontario government is buying 100 new Dodge Caravans from Windsor's
Chrysler Plant to provide Ontario seniors with health-related transportation
services.
    The South West LHIN is receiving nine vans, which will provide an
estimated 12,492 rides to appointments for local seniors over the course of a
year.

    
    VANS IN SOUTH WEST LHIN

    Service Provider            NUMBER OF VANS            FUNDING (2008/2009)
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    Midwestern Adult Day
     Services                       One (1)                    49,571.85
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    Town and Country Support
     Services                       One (1)                    49,571.85
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    Victoria Order of Nurses
     Perth-Huron                    One (1)                    49,571.85
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    Stratford Meals on Wheels
     & Neighbourly Services         One (1)                    49,571.85
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Home and Community Support
     Services of Grey-Bruce        Four (4)                   198,287.40
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Meals on Wheels London          One (1)                    49,571.85
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    TOTAL                          Nine (9)                  $446,146.85
    

    Note: Funding per van of $49,571.85 includes $22,669.20 for the van
purchase, $1,902.65 for decal, delivery costs and GST, and $25,000 for ongoing
operating costs

    The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is a crown agency
responsible for planning, integrating and funding more than 150 health service
providers, including hospitals, long-term care homes, mental health and
addictions agencies, community support services, community health centres, and
the South West CCAC. Established under the Local Health System Integration
Act, 2006, as one of 14 LHINs across Ontario, the South West LHIN operates an
annual health care budget of $1.8 billion. The South West LHIN covers an area
from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million
people.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

    NEW AGING AT HOME STRATEGY INITIATIVES FOR SENIORS IN SOUTH WEST LHIN
    

    The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has recently
received funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for 25
seniors' health service proposals under the Aging at Home Strategy - a
four-year, $1.1billion initiative designed to help seniors live healthy,
independent lives in the comfort and dignity of their own homes.
    These first-year initiatives will provide health care services for local
seniors and their caregivers. The proposals were submitted to the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care by each of the 14 LHINs after community
consultations with diverse service providers.

    
       AGING AT HOME STRATEGY APPROVED PROJECTS FOR THE SOUTH WEST LHIN

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    Name of       Service        Contact Name/     Project          2008/2009
    Project       Provider       Phone Number      Description      FUNDING
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    Home at      - Town and      Shelly            Offers seniors   $166,666
    Last           County        McPhee-Haist -    transportation
                   Support       519-357-3222      and assistance
                   Services                        to safely settle
                 - South West    Nancy Dool-Kontio back home following
                   Community     - 519-641-5447    a stay in hospital.
                   Care Access
                   Centre
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    Capacity     - Knollcrest    Dianne Lichti -   - Provides Home  $414,242
    Building of    Lodge Limited 519-595-8755        help services
    Community    - Ritz Lutheran Vicky Wolfe Hinz    such as
    Support        Villa         - 519-348-9765      housecleaning,
    Services       (Mitchell &                       odd jobs to
                   Area                              maintain the
                   Community                         homes that
                   Outreach)                         seniors currently
                 - St Marys &    Kim Leis -          live in.
                   Area Support  519-284-3272
                   Services                        - Encourage the
                 - Stratford     Wendy Orchard -     diversity of
                   Meals         519-271-2217        community members
                   on Wheels &                       to volunteer to
                   Neighbourly                       better respond to
                   Services                          the needs of the
                 - Town and      Shelly McPhee-Haist variety of community
                   County        - 519-357-3222      members.
                   Support
                   Services
                 - Midwestern    Anne Rollings -
                   Adult         519-482-7800
                   Day Services
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Rural        Stratford Meals Wendy Orchard     To create a      $227,833
    Transporta-  on Wheels &     519-271-2217      single, coordinated
    tion         Neighbourly                       place to call for
    Coordina-    Services                          accessible
    tion                                           coordinated
                                                   transportation in
                                                   Huron and Perth
                                                   Counties.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Wellness     - Victorian     Lynn Hinds        Collaborative    $545,508
    for Seniors    Order of      519-271-7991      effort to provide
                   Nurses -                        and standardize
                   Perth-Huron                     physical activity
                   Branch                          and wellness
                 - Knollcrest    Dianne Lichti     education such as
                   Lodge Limited 519-595-8755      health issues and
                 - Ritz Lutheran Vicky Wolfe Hinz  nutrition for
                   Villa         519-348-9765      seniors across Huron
                   (Mitchell &                     and Perth Counties
                   Area                            in community settings.
                   Community
                   Outreach)
                 - St. Marys &   Kim Leis
                   Area Home     519-284-3272
                   Support
                   Services
                 - Stratford     Wendy Orchard
                   Meals on      519-271-2217
                   Wheels &
                   Neighbourly
                   Services
                 - Town and      Mary Atkinson
                   Country       519-357-3222
                   Support
                   Services
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Long Term    - Bluewater     Martha Craig      Rural outreach   $199,167
    Care Home      Rest Home     519-276-4373      services including
    Rural Pilot  - Town and                        Wellness for
    Project        Country       Shelly McPhee     Seniors, Meals on
                   Support       -Haist            Wheels, Rural
                   Services      519-357-3222      Transportation, and
                                                   Supportive Housing.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Home and     Home and        Andy Underwood    Increase the     $199,167
    Community    Community       519-372-2091      opportunity for
    Support      Support                           more seniors to
    Adult Day    Services of                       participate in a
    Services     Grey Bruce                        day away program
                                                   to maintain their
                                                   health and the
                                                   health of their
                                                   caregivers.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Home Help/   Home and       Andy Underwood     Expands Home help $66,937
    Homemaking   Community      519-372-2091       services in Grey
    Services     Support                           Bruce such as
                 Services of                       housecleaning and
                 Grey Bruce                        odd jobs to
                                                   maintain the homes
                                                   that seniors
                                                   currently live in.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Group        Victorian      Catherine Goetz    Provides physical $70,516
    Exercise     Order of       -Perry             activity and
    Program      Nurses for     519-376-5895       wellness education
                 Canada Ontario                    such as health
                 Branch Grey                       issues and nutrition
                 Bruce                             for seniors across
                                                   Grey and Bruce
                                                   Counties in community
                                                   settings and in
                                                   senior's homes.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Supportive   Victorian      Catherine Goetz    In selected      $285,742
    Housing and  Order of       -Perry             apartment
    Security     Nurses for     519-376-5895       buildings in Grey
    Check        Canada                            and Bruce Counties,
                 Ontario                           24-hour, seven day
                 Grey Bruce                        per week availability
                                                   of personal support
                                                   services including
                                                   bathing, toileting,
                                                   dressing, medication
                                                   assistance, homemaking
                                                   services such as light
                                                   housekeeping, shopping,
                                                   meal preparation,
                                                   social programs, and
                                                   care management.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Caregiver    Victorian      Catherine Goetz    Provide any       $80,868
    Connects     Order of       -Perry             information,
                 Nurses for     519-376-5895       counselling support,
                 Canada                            and relief services
                 Ontario                           required by caregivers.
                 Grey Bruce
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Home at      - Canadian     Peter Dimoff       Offers seniors   $137,500
    Last           Red Cross    519-376-5373       transportation
                   Grey Bruce   ext 223            and assistance to
                 - ParaMed      Pauline Diemert    safely settle back
                                519-371-5813       home following a
                 - VON Grey     Catherine Goetz    stay in hospital.
                   Bruce        -Perry
                                519-376-5895
                 - South West   Nancy Dool
                   Community    -Kontio
                   Care Access  519-641-5447
                   Centre
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Grey Bruce   South West     Nancy Dool         To provide a     $205,417
    Falls        Community      -Kontio            falls prevention
    Prevention   Care Access    519-641-5447       program that
    and          Centre                            screens seniors who
    Intervention                                   are at risk of
    Program                                        falling, that
                                                   provides awareness
                                                   and education, and
                                                   provides exercise
                                                   services to those
                                                   at risk in their
                                                   homes through the
                                                   assistance of their
                                                   personal support
                                                   worker.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Grey Bruce   Canadian Red   Peter Dimoff       Through the      $166,666
    Transporta-  Cross Grey     519-376-5373       hiring of a
    tion         Bruce          ext 223            transportation
    Coordina-                                      coordinator, improved
    tion                                           coordination will be
                                                   investigated through
                                                   a variety of
                                                   methods such as an
                                                   updated inventory of
                                                   resources, best
                                                   practices and
                                                   innovative solutions
                                                   like centralized
                                                   management and
                                                   dispatch of existing
                                                   vehicles
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    London       Cheshire       Judi Fisher        In provide 24-   $250,000
    Supportive   Homes of       519-439-4246       hour, seven day
    Housing      London, Inc.                      per week
                                                   availability of
                                                   personal support
                                                   services including
                                                   bathing, toileting,
                                                   dressing, medication
                                                   assistance,
                                                   homemaking services
                                                   such as light
                                                   housekeeping,
                                                   shopping, meal
                                                   preparation, social
                                                   programs, and care
                                                   management.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Elgin        Corporation    Dawn Adams-        Increase the     $344,565
    Adult Day    of the City    Burridge           opportunity for
                 of St Thomas   519-631-1030       more seniors to
                                                   participate in a
                                                   day away program to
                                                   maintain their
                                                   health and the
                                                   health of their
                                                   caregivers.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Home at      - Victorian    Jackie Wells       Offers seniors   $149,463
    Last           Order of     519-659-2273       transportation
                   Nurses for   x3223              and assistance to
                   Canada -                        safely settle back
                   Ontario                         home following a
                   Branch                          stay in hospital.
                   Middlesex -
                   Elgin
                 - South West   Nancy Dool-Kontio
                   Community    519-641-5447
                   Care Access
                   Centre
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Assisted     - West Elgin   Bonnie Row         To provide 24-   $325,000
    Living         Community    519-768-1715 x2208 hour, seven day
                   Health                          per week
                   Centre                          availability of
                 - Community    Angela Hurtado     personal support
                   Health       519-631-1611       services including
                   Services -                      bathing, toileting,
                   Canadian Red                    dressing,
                   Cross,                          medication
                   Woodstock                       assistance,
                   Branch                          homemaking services
                                                   such as light
                                                   housekeeping,
                                                   shopping, meal
                                                   preparation, social
                                                   programs, and care
                                                   management in
                                                   apartment buildings
                                                   in St.Thomas and
                                                   West Elgin.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Wrap Around  London         Michelle Hurtubise The aim of this  $166,667
    for          InterCommunity 519-660-0874 x245  program is to
    Immigrants   Health Centre  or 519-280-5597    create individualized
    and the                                        supports for
    Francophone                                    culturally diverse
    Community                                      seniors through
                                                   professionals and
                                                   community members
                                                   from those communities
                                                   based on the unique
                                                   needs of the senior.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Dorchester   Victorian      Kristy McQueen     Increase the     $59,952
    Adult Day    order of       519-245-3170       opportunity for
    Program      Nurses for                        more seniors to
                 Canada -                          participate in a
                 Ontario Branch                    day away program
                 Middlesex -                       to maintain their
                 Elgin                             health and the
                                                   health of their
                                                   caregivers.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Assisted     Tillsonburg &  Marlene Pink       To provide a new $193,254
    Living       District       519-842-9000       model of supportive
                 Multi-Service                     housing for people
                 Centre                            in their current
                                                   home instead of
                                                   needing to move to
                                                   a supportive housing
                                                   meeting. 24-hour,
                                                   seven day per week
                                                   availability of
                                                   personal support
                                                   services including
                                                   bathing, toileting,
                                                   dressing, medication
                                                   assistance, homemaking
                                                   services such as light
                                                   housekeeping, shopping,
                                                   meal preparation,
                                                   social programs, and
                                                   care management in
                                                   Tillsonburg.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Home at      - Community    Angela Hurtado     Offers seniors    $52,137
    Last           Health       519-631-1611       transportation and
                   Services -                      assistance to safely
                   Canadian Red                    settle back home
                   Cross,                          following a stay in
                   Woodstock                       hospital.
                   Branch
                 - South West   Nancy Dool-Kontio
                   Community    519-641-5447
                   Care Access
                   Centre
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Home at      - Tillsonburg  Marlene Pink       Offers seniors   $168,753
    Last           & District   519-842-9000       transportation
                   Multi-                          and assistance to
                   Service                         safely settle back
                   Centre                          home following a
                 - South West   Nancy Dool-Kontio  stay in hospital.
                   Community    519-641-5447
                   Care Access
                   Centre
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Supportive   Victorian      Kristy McQueen     To provide       $416,666
    Housing      Order of       519-245-3170       additional
    for Seniors  Nurses for                        supportive housing
                 Canada -                          for seniors in
                 Ontario                           selected apartment
                 Branch                            buildings in
                 Middlesex -                       Strathroy, 24-hour,
                 Elgin                             seven day per week
                                                   availability of
                                                   personal support
                                                   services including
                                                   bathing, toileting,
                                                   dressing, medication
                                                   assistance, homemaking
                                                   services such as light
                                                   housekeeping, shopping,
                                                   meal preparation,
                                                   social programs, and
                                                   care management.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Safe at      South West     Donna Ladouceur    A program that   $581,575
    Home         Community      519-641-5447       assists frail
                 Care Access                       seniors through
                 Centre                            visits from a nurse
                                                   practitioner and
                                                   additional nursing
                                                   and personal support
                                                   visits to review
                                                   medications and how
                                                   the caregiver is
                                                   coping, and to provide
                                                   the medical and personal
                                                   assistance to keep them
                                                   safe and living
                                                   independently in their
                                                   home.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Community    - St. Joseph's Anne Kay           To provide a     $699,828
    Stroke         Health Care, 519-6854292        team of
    Rehab          London       ext 42470          rehabilitation
                 - Huron Perth                     specialist to assist
                   Healthcare   Mary Cardinal      individuals who have
                   Alliance     519-272-8210       had a stroke to
                 - Grey Bruce                      make further gains
                   Health       Mark Landy         in their recovery
                   Services     519-376-2121       after leaving the
                                                   hospital so that they
                                                   can continue to live
                                                   independently.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    

    The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is a crown agency
responsible for planning, integrating and funding more than 150 health service
providers, including hospitals, long-term care homes, mental health and
addictions agencies, community support services, community health centres, and
the South West CCAC. Established under the Local Health System Integration
Act, 2006, as one of 14 LHINs across Ontario, the South West LHIN operates an
annual health care budget of $1.8 billion. The South West LHIN covers an area
from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million
people.





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For further information: Annabelle Mackey, (519) 672-0445, ext. 2573,
annabelle.mackey@lhins.on.ca, Toll-free: 1-866-294-5446,
www.southwestlhin.on.ca

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