Ontario Community Support Association Applauds the Increased Focus on Home Care Services as a Solution for Reducing Hospital Overload

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA)
applauds the McGuinty Government announcement - a $38.5 million investment to
increase the funding and levels of service for home care - as an effective and
essential part of an overall strategy to reduce hospital wait times and
improve patient satisfaction.
    "OCSA is pleased that this government recognizes the high value of
personal support and homemaking that enables clients to leave the ER or
hospitals sooner and receive the care they need in the most appropriate and
comfortable setting, their own home", said Susan Thorning, CEO, OCSA.
    "To achieve even greater effectiveness in reducing the burden on
hospitals and long term care facilities, the home and community support sector
requires continual investment for both service delivery and infrastructure.
The OCSA looks forward to working with Minister Smitherman and the Local
Health Integration Networks (LHINs) as we transform the health care system to
achieve positive health outcomes for Ontarians" noted Claude Tremblay,
President, OCSA.

    OCSA, the voice and representative body of home and community support in
Ontario, is the provincial association working to ensure Ontarians of all ages
and conditions have access to an integrated range of healthcare solutions
outside of hospitals and long-term care facilities.

For further information:

For further information: Lori Payne, Manager, Communications and
Development, OCSA, (416) 256-3010 Ext 242, lori.payne@ocsa.on.ca

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