TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Community Support Association
(OCSA) welcomes the Ontario government's strong commitment to home and
community care as outlined today in the release of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care.
Under the umbrella of a new Senior Care Strategy, the Minister of Health
and Long Term Care outlines proposals to provide 3 million new hours of
personal support to seniors in their homes, expand doctor house calls
and better coordination of how resources are allocated which all means
more comprehensive and compassionate care for Ontario's seniors.
"Greater public investments in home care and community support services
is consistent with the advice of health planning experts who clearly
identify this sector as the first choice for patients and best, most
affordable option for the long term sustainable delivery of health
care," said Susan Thorning, CEO of OCSA. "We are very pleased to see
this advice reflected the government's action plan for health care."
The OCSA is also very encouraged to see a fundamental shift in health
care thinking outlined in the government's plan. The following
statement from the action plan has been a core priority of the
organization for some time: The most significant part of our plan focuses on ensuring patients are
receiving care in the most appropriate setting, wherever possible at
home instead of in hospital or long-term care.
It is also a priority for Ontarians. A poll released by OCSA last spring
as part of its Aging with Dignity (www.agingwithdignity.ca) campaign shows voters support more public investment in non-profit
home and community support services with six in ten (59%) agreeing new
funding is better designated to these preventative care services rather
than facilities and full-time nursing care.
Access to home and community care services helps to keep people out of
hospitals and long-term-care facilities. Many people lying in hospital
room beds or sitting on waiting lists for long-term-care homes do not
require daily medical care, they just need help with things like
bathing, household tasks or transportation to medical appointments. It
is far more cost effective to help seniors stay healthy and at home
than sick and in institutions. It is also where people want to be - in their own homes.
"The OCSA looks forward to the timely implementation of this action
plan. This will require consummate funding commitments in the
provincial budget for home and community care and clear direction to
administrative bodies such as Community Care Access Centres and Local
Health Integration Networks on the appropriate coordination and
delivery of those services."
About the OCSA
The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) is the voice of the
home and community support sector. Across the province each year, more
than a million people receive home care and community support services
such as in-home nursing, therapy and personal support, Meals on
Wheels®, adult/Alzheimer day programs, transportation to medical
appointments, supportive housing and attendant services for persons
with disabilities. These services are important, cost-effective
measures that prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency room
visits and premature institutionalization. More information can be
found at: www.ocsa.on.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Community Support Association
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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Principal, Empower Consulting, for OCSA