NEWS July 22, 2016
Ontario Investing An Additional $4.7 Million This Year in Home and Community Care in Waterloo Region
Province Increasing Access to Home Care for Those with High Needs
Ontario is investing approximately $4.7 Million in Waterloo Region this year to enhance support for home care clients with high needs and their caregivers.
Province-wide this investment will help clients and caregivers most in need, including $80 million for enhanced home care and $20 million for caregiver respite. Home care patients and those who care for them will benefit from approximately:
- 350,000 additional hours of nursing care
- 1.3 million additional hours of personal support
- 600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers
- 100,000 additional hours of rehabilitation.
In the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, this will mean an additional $4,773,000 for the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre, including:
- $3,819,000 to better support clients with complex care needs
- $954,800 for respite to support caregivers in need of additional support
This additional funding is part of Ontario’s 2015 Budget commitment to increase investments in home and community care by more than $750 million over three years. These initiatives support the commitments made in Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, the province’s plan to improve and expand home and community care.
Helping more people access better health care faster and closer to home is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. This plan is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that’s sustainable for generations to come.
“Improving home and community care is one of our government’s most important health care priorities. This $100 million investment greatly expands the amount of nursing and personal support services that will be available to people across the province. These additional hours will make it possible for more people with complex conditions to receive care where they want to be – in their home and community.”
- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Offering more in-home care in our community means that people can receive care in a comfortable location. Not only does this allow people to stay at home longer, but it also prevents unnecessary emergency room and hospital visits.”
- Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge
“Today’s announcement means more resources for those with the highest, most complex home and community care needs across Waterloo Wellington. With these additional resources, clients and their caregivers will be better supported in the community, improving the health and wellness of entire families.”
- Joan Fisk Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board Chair
“Patient’s needs are changing in Waterloo Wellington Region. This past year WWCCAC saw a 120% increase in the number of patients managing complex health conditions. In working with these patients we know the demand this puts on caregivers – the spouses, families and friends who help to keep loved ones safely in their home, which is where they want to be. This funding will allow WWCCAC to provide more support to these high need patients and the caregivers who support them.”
- Dale Clement, Waterloo Wellington CCAC CEO
- Home and community care services support people of all ages who require care in their home, at school or in the community.
- In 2015, Community Care Access Centres provided home care to approximately 650,000 people — 60 per cent of whom were seniors — including 28.7 million hours of personal support and homemaking, 6.9 million nursing visits and 2.1 million hours of nursing shifts.
- This investment will be allocated to support enhanced care for clients with high needs and respite for caregivers who need it the most.
- Information about funding allocations by LHINs will be available in the coming weeks.
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