Elgin-Middlesex-London, September 12, 2019 - Ontario is making major investments
to expand home and community care to help end hallway health care and build more
capacity in communities across the province.
MPP Jeff Yurek congratulates Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health,
who announced yesterday that the government is investing an additional $155 million
this year to expand home and community care services.
"Home and community care play a critical role in ending hallway health care," said
Elliott. "By making these significant investments and supporting partnerships between
home and community care providers and busy hospitals, patients will experience quicker
transitions between receiving hospital care and returning home with the appropriate
support they need to properly recover, while also making sure hospital beds are
available for those who need them."
As a part of this investment, the government is providing $45 million for targeted
innovative integrated care models in high-need areas.
“One of the most significant areas of concern for the residents of Elgin-Middlesex-London
is the lack of access to stable home care due to service fragmentation, particularly
in our rural communities,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “I am proud that our government
is committed to addressing these gaps, and places the patient at the heart of our
plan to end hallway healthcare.”
"Certain areas in Ontario are experiencing higher-than-average rates of patients
receiving care in unconventional spaces," added Elliott. "By investing in targeted
partnerships between hospitals and home and community care providers in these regions,
we can tackle the challenge of hallway health care head on to ensure patients are
receiving the high-quality care they expect and deserve."
By investing in more frontline patient care, the province can provide:
- 1.8 million more hours of personal support services
- 490,000 more nursing visits and 100,000 more therapy visits
- Services in the community like homemaking, meals, transportation and caregiver supports
- Additional direct community services for patients with acquired brain injury and
people living in supportive housing.
"Home Care Ontario applauds today's announcement of new funding for home and community
care," said Sue VanderBent, CEO of Home Care Ontario. "This new money will help
deliver more care at home, which is the quickest and most cost-effective way to
end hospital overcrowding. It will help people avoid hospital admissions altogether
as well as help people get home from hospital even faster. We commend the government
for continuing to make home care a key priority."
"These are important investments for patients in home and community care," said
Jo-Anne Poirier, President and CEO of VON Canada. "The government's approach of
funding proven, innovative practices will accelerate the system's ability to provide
patients the right services, at the right time and in the right place. This critical
focus will further support patients in receiving much-needed care with the added
comfort and peace of mind of remaining in their own homes and communities."
- The 2019 budget committed $124 million in home care and $20 million in community
care. The government is providing an additional $11 million for home and community
care, bringing the total new investment to $155 million.
- In addition to the $45 million in new funding for targeted innovative integrated
care models, the government is investing $63 million in existing integrated care