Toronto Central LHIN investing in more care for seniors and community services

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - The Toronto Central Local Health Integration
Network is receiving more than $26 million to ensure more seniors can continue
to live independently and to allow hospital patients to receive appropriate
care in the right setting. The announcement was made at the Woodgreen
Community Services, an organization that provides critical social services to
more than 37,000 people in Toronto.
    As part of the successful Aging at Home program, the Toronto Central LHIN
is receiving a total of $15.4 million this year - an increase of $9.2 million
over 2008/09 - to help seniors receive needed health services in the comfort
and dignity of their own homes and communities, instead of in hospital. The
Aging at Home program combines traditional health services - such as home care
and supportive housing - with new, locally-driven, innovative approaches to
caring for seniors.
    The Toronto Central LHIN is also receiving:

    -   $5,196,700 for increased home care, personal support and homemaking
        services provided by Community Care Access Centres;
    -   $5,645,000 to invest in local solutions that will address ALC
    -   $250,000 for nurse-led outreach teams to provide more care to
        patients in long-term care homes and help them avoid transfers to the
        hospital ER.

    ALC patients are individuals in hospital beds who would be better cared
for in alternate setting, such as long-term care, rehab, or home. Having more
home care and community services enables ALC patients to leave hospital
sooner, making more beds available to ER patients.


    "The Toronto Central LHIN's Aging at Home Strategy responds to the unique
health and social challenges faced by seniors. These innovative projects are
giving local seniors access to the supports and services they need to live
healthier in their own communities," said Matt Anderson, CEO, Toronto Central
    "WoodGreen Community Services provides a wide range of critical services
to seniors from across the city. The funding announced today will ensure that
we are able to reach even more seniors who may be frail, marginalized and in
need of supports," Jane Piccolotto, Director, Community Care and Wellness for
Seniors, WoodGreen Community Services.


    -   The Ontario government is investing $1.1 billion over four years in
        the Aging at Home Strategy.
    -   It is estimated that Ontario's senior population will double over the
        next 16 years.
    -   The Ontario Hospital Association indicates that hospital patients who
        are awaiting access to appropriate care elsewhere occupy almost
        19 per cent of hospital beds in the province.

    Backgrounder available at

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Janine DeVito, Toronto Central
LHIN, (416) 969-3281

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