TORONTO, April 12, 2019 /CNW/ - Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in OntarioTM, applauds the Ontario government for its focus on home care in the 2019 Budget. The budget included $267 million in new funding for home and community care to help end hallway health care.
"These new investments will help more people get the care they want, while supporting our front-line caregivers and fostering innovation and collaboration across the health care system," said Sue VanderBent, CEO of Home Care Ontario. "We know that home care is a key to ending hallway health care and delivering real results for patients, and these new investments will make sure people get care where they want it, at home."
Earlier this year Home Care Ontario launched a campaign to draw attention to home care as the solution to ending hallway health care in Ontario. The End Hallway Health Care campaign (www.endhallwayhealthcare.ca) calls for putting home care at the centre of the health care system to take the pressure off our overcrowded hospitals while providing more patients and their families with the professional care they need in their own home. Yesterday's investments go a long way to help achieve that goal.
"Hallway health care is a nightmare that more and more Ontario families are having to live through," concluded VanderBent. "The measures contained in the 2019 Budget will help address this growing issue, and ensure patients have access to the care they need. We look forward to working with the government to build an innovative and integrated health system around the patient and their families."
About Home Care Ontario:
Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in OntarioTM, is a member‐based organization with a mandate to promote growth and development of the home care sector through advocacy, knowledge transfer, and member service. For over thirty years Home Care Ontario has promoted the growth and development of home care as a key pillar of Ontario's health care system through advocacy, knowledge transfer, thought leadership, and member service.
In Ontario, service provider organizations are responsible for providing nursing care, home support services, personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work, dietetics, speech language therapy and medical equipment and supplies in the home to individuals of all ages. An estimated 58 million hours of publicly and privately purchased home care service is provided annually across the province.
SOURCE Home Care Ontario
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