Mississauga Halton LHIN launches its community engagement with seniors, their families and informal caregivers

    We need your ideas and suggestions on enhancing seniors' health, wellness
    and quality of life.

    OAKVILLE, ON, July 3 /CNW/ - The Mississauga Halton Local Health
Integration Network (MH LHIN) is launching the next phase of community
engagement activities which will inform the LHIN's Integrated Health Service
Plan's priority of enhancing seniors' health, wellness and quality of life, as
well as the local Aging at Home Strategy. The initial community consultation
will be held on Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the
Mississauga Central Library. Seniors, their families and informal caregivers
are invited to attend this two hour event to learn more about the MH LHIN's
local strategy to increase programs and services for seniors, and to provide
input to the LHIN on what community supports and services could help seniors
to live healthy and independent lives in their homes.
    "We're very excited about hearing seniors' ideas on what it would take
for them to live independently and safely in their homes. We know that we have
a solid base of services for seniors in our area, however we want to hear from
seniors themselves to know what's working well, what could be improved and
what's needed," remarks Bill McLeod, CEO of the MH LHIN.
    The Mississauga Halton LHIN is one of fourteen LHINs established by the
Government of Ontario and is responsible for the local planning, coordination
and funding of health service providers, including hospitals, long term care
facilities, community support services, mental health and addiction services,
community care access centres and community health centres. The Aging at Home
Strategy is a 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 the pressures on
Ontario's ERs.
    As a part of the Strategy, the Mississauga Halton LHIN has been allocated
$60 million over three years, and will be making strategic investment totaling
$7.7 million this year in seven key areas including:

    -  enhancing supports for seniors and their families affected by mental
    -  increasing supports for daily living (housing options for seniors),
    -  increasing seniors' adult day programs,
    -  enhancing palliative (end of life) services,
    -  creating alternatives for hospitalized patients who no longer require
       acute care,
    -  enhancing support for residents of long-term care homes, and
    -  expanding health promotion and wellness initiatives.

    The MH LHIN will focus their community engagement activities not only on
those seniors who are already healthy and active in their communities, but
reach out to those older adults who are socially or geographically isolated,
seniors who are frail or have complex medical needs, and those who are
vulnerable due to social isolation, inadequate income or mental illness.
Community focus groups will be held in a variety of locations over the next
two months with diverse seniors groups. Details regarding the community
engagement process and opportunities to get involved will be available on the
LHIN's site at www.mississaugahaltonlhin.on.ca shortly.
    If you would like to participate in the July 9th event, please register
online at http://www.mississaugahaltonlhin.on.ca/Form.aspx?ekfrm=2076 or by
calling 905-337-7131.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Bill MacLeod, CEO, Mississauga
Halton LHIN, (905) 337-7131, ext. 207; Priti Patel, Senior Lead Health System
Development and Aging at Home Lead, Mississauga Halton LHIN, (905) 337-7131,
ext. 222

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