Ontario Investing An Additional $6 Million This Year in Home and Community Care in the Mississauga Halton LHIN

Province Increasing Access to Home Care for Those with High Needs

News July 29, 2016

Ontario is investing approximately $6 million in the Mississauga Halton LHIN 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 Mississauga Halton LHIN this investment will mean an additional $5,999,700 to the Mississauga Halton CCAC to support patients and families in our region, including: 

  • $4,799,800 for the expansion of services for those with complex care needs
  • $1,199,900 for the expansion of respite services 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. 

QUOTES 

“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 

“I am so pleased to announce the additional $6 million in funding for Mississauga and Halton for home care.  This new money is much needed in Mississauga and means more people in Mississauga can get health care delivered in the comfort of their own homes,”

- Dipika Damerla, MPP (Mississauga East-Cooksville)

“Through these new investments, more patients – and in particular those with high needs – will be supported in their homes and community instead of in hospital or long-term care. Additionally, funding will also enable more caregivers to care of their loved ones and also take care of themselves. These are important steps towards strengthening home and community care for patients in the Mississauga Halton LHIN.”

Bill MacLeod, CEO, Mississauga Halton LHIN 

“This funding will enable us to coordinate care for more patients, particularly those with complex care needs and help us support caregivers to maintain and regain their strength to assist their loved ones. This funding will benefit the Mississauga Halton region significantly, where most of the 48,000 patients we care for have complex or chronic care needs that require more care coordination, more clinical and social services and more caregiver support.”

- Jim Wright, Vice President, Corporate Services, Mississauga Halton CCAC  

QUICK FACTS 

  • 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. 

LEARN MORE 

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 For more information please contact:

Office of MPP Dipika Damerla | Tel: 905-238-1751 | ddamerla.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org


Two men and one woman standing in front of MPP and LHIN sign looking proud

MPP Damerla and Mississauga Halton LHIN's announcement at Millbrook Place - Seniors Apartments, July 29.

L to R: Bill MacLeod, CEO, Mississauga Halton LHIN; MPP Dipika Damerla, Mississauga East-Cooksville; and 
Jim Wright, Vice President, Corporate Services, Mississauga Halton CCAC.

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