Ontario Expanding Home and Community Care Services in Waterloo RegionPublished on December 11, 2019
Major Investments in Frontline Care Critical to Ending Hallway Health Care
September 26, 2019
St. Jacobs – Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris visited Community Care Concepts to announce that the Province of Ontario is providing an additional $1,245,000 for expanded home and community care in Waterloo Region.
Earlier this month, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced that Ontario is investing an additional $155 million this year to expand home and community care services across the province, including $45 million for new targeted innovative integrated care models in high-need areas. At the same time, the government is providing $63 million in funding for existing integrated care models in communities across Ontario. This funding, which will help patients receive more care at home so that they can leave the hospital sooner, is a critical component of the government’s plan to end hallway health care.
“Home and community care will play a critical role in ending hallway health care here in Waterloo Region and across Ontario,” said MPP Mike Harris. “By making these significant investments and supporting partnerships between home and community care providers and hospitals, patients will experience quicker transitions with the appropriate support they need to properly recover, while also making sure hospital beds are available for those who need them.”
In Waterloo Region, the government is making the following investments to existing integrated care models:
- WWLHIN Home & Community Care - $175,000 for Intensive Supports for Complex Discharges that provide transitional care, beginning in the hospital, and stability through an intensive level of support for the period of time post-discharge when patients are vulnerable and have the highest needs. Leveraging redesigned intensive services, staff will be integrated with the physicians assuming their care, providing a degree of support that allows the physician resources to be fully mobilized and supported in caring for this high needs population.
- The Village at University Gates - $150,000 for Geri med Risk Program Expansion to support timely access to consults for geriatrician and geriatric psychiatry.
- Grand River Hospital - $800,000 for Child and Youth Mental Health Transitional Bedded Level of Care and Intensive Home Supports to support transition of children/youth back home and to school.
- Community Care Concepts - $120,000 for Discharge Supports for Vulnerable Residents. Services include: transportation (upon discharge), settling, and in-home supports (as required).
“The funding that has been provided is an incredible support that will allow us to continue to build upon the partnership between our local hospitals and community services to directly support residents in transitioning from hospital to home,” said Cathy Harrington, Executive Director of Community Care Concepts. “Providing same-day discharge support, the Home At Last program is a critical component in supporting quick transitions from hospital to home combined with access to the necessary services and supports that assist some of our most vulnerable residents to remain in their home and community.”
“This funding will help us to reduce hallway medicine by helping more patients with very complex needs go home from the hospital, said Karyn Lumsden, Vice President, Home & Community Care, Waterloo Wellington LHIN. “We are thankful for this important funding that will provide additional supports during busy times when many patients are seeking care at hospital and in the community.”
“I’m very proud of the ways in which our child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry team works with youth and families in our community, said Patricia Patterson, Program Director, Grand River Hospital. “This particular partnership with the WWLHIN, area hospitals and Lutherwood is a great example of the innovative ways we are working together to provide the best possible care.”
By investing in more frontline patient care across Ontario, 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; and
- Additional direct community services for patients with acquired brain injury and people living in supportive housing.
- 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 models.