McGuinty Government Transforming Community Living to Help Seniors Live Independently at Home

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McGuinty Government Transforming Community Living to Help Seniors Live Independently at Home

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Aging at Home Strategy Will be LHIN led and Reflect Local Cultural Diversity TORONTO, Aug. 28 - The McGuinty government is launching an Aging at Home Strategy that will transform community health care services so that seniors can live healthy, independent lives in their own homes, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Our goal is to open a whole world of opportunity for seniors that will offer new lifestyle choices that are reflective of how Ontario's seniors truly want to live," said Smitherman "As our population ages, we need to look for innovative solutions that are more responsive to their needs and allow seniors to continue to live in comfort and with respect in their own homes, ideally for the rest of their days." As part of a three-year $700 million strategy, Ontario's 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will lead an exciting initiative that will impact the way services are delivered and help provide more equitable access to health care by matching the needs of the local senior population with the appropriate support services. These services could include enhanced home care and community support services like meals, transportation, shopping, snow shoveling, friendly home calling, adult day programs, homemaking services and caregiver supports. "The Ontario Community Support Association and our members are pleased that this government recognizes the value of community support services and assisted living in supportive housing programs that keep people healthy at home where they want to be. Evidence shows that these services reduce seniors and persons with disabilities use of hospitals, ERs and prevent premature institutionalization - which is what this system desperately needs," said Susan Thorning, OCSA's CEO. The Aging at Home Strategy will offer new possibilities for Ontario's culturally diverse populations and other community-level organizations like service clubs and groups of seniors to help serve themselves. It will make available supports to help keep our seniors healthy and active, longer. Innovative thinking combined with health care solutions that encourage prevention and health promotion will play a large role in the LHINs plans to support Ontario's seniors and their caregivers. "As with the development of residential hospices we are witnessing across the province, government investments in community, like that we are announcing today, find success for many reasons," said Smitherman "not least of which is because they leverage the love and support that is on offer from countless community volunteers seeking to make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow citizens." "We're very pleased that this kind of innovative funding will soon be available to help seniors living in their own homes," said Lillian Morgenthau, President of Canada's Association for the Fifty-Plus. Today's investment has been designed with an historic new patient-centred funding model that recognizes population growth and promotes equitable access to services across Ontario based on the actual health needs of the population. Funding for enhanced services will flow to the LHINs in April 2008. In total, the government will invest $702 million in the Aging at Home Strategy: First-Year Planning for LHINs $3,000,000 Assistive Devices Program Funding Increase $40,000,000 (mobility aids) Provincial Priorities $66,000,000 Allocations to LHINs $593,000,000 It is estimated that the senior's population in Ontario will double in the next 16 years. This investment will result in a more sustainable health care system that provides supports to seniors where they most want them, in their own homes. This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in health care services. Other initiatives include: - $800 million more in long-term care home funding since 2003 - $463 million more in home care funding since 2003 - $100 million more in community support service funding since 2003 - $875 million invested in reducing wait times since 2003 to perform more than 1,270,000 procedures. Today's initiative is part of the McGuinty government's plan for innovation in public health care, building a system that delivers on three priorities - keeping Ontarians healthy, reducing wait times and providing better access to doctors and nurses. This news release, along with other media materials, such as matte stories and audio clips, on other subjects, are available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca under the News Media section. For more information on achievements in health care, visit: www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca. Disponible en français. LHIN Media Contacts ------------------------------------------------------------------------- LHIN Office LHIN Location Main Media Contact Phone Number ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central LHIN Markham Anna Themelis 905-948-1872 ext. 203 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central East Ajax Katie Cronin-Wood 905-427-5497 ext. 218 LHIN OR Karen O'Brien 905-427 5497 ext. 212 Monaghan ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central West Brampton Robert Longphee 905-455-1281 ext. 235 LHIN ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Champlain LHIN Ottawa Robert Cushman, CEO 1-866-902-5446 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Erie St. Clair Chatham Ron Sheppard 519-351-5677 LHIN ------------------------------------------------------------------------- HNHB LHIN Grimsby Trish Simmons C: 289-241-7912 905-945-4930 ext. 255 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mississauga Oakville Bill MacLeod, CEO 905-337-7131 ext. 207 Halton LHIN John Magill, Board Chair ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North Simcoe Orillia Susan French 705-326-7750 ext. 234 Muskoka LHIN ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North East LHIN North Bay Monique Rocheleau 705-840-2872 ext. 218 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North West LHIN Thunder Bay Lisa Niccoli 807-684-9425 ext 2017 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- South East LHIN Belleville Polly Thompson 613-967-0196 ext. 221 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- South West LHIN London Tommasina Conte 519-672-0445 ext. 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto Toronto Sandra Fawcett 416-969-3281 Central LHIN ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Waterloo Guelph Marlene Batchelor 519-648-3275 Wellington LHIN ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- AGING AT HOME STRATEGY Contact Info The government is expanding community living options for seniors by investing more than $700 million over three years in an Aging at Home strategy. The province's 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will receive significant funding and tailor a range of support services to meet the needs of seniors so that they may live independently in their own homes. Services could include enhanced home care and community support services like meals, transportation, adult day programs, homemaking services and caregiver supports, and increased access to mobility aids. These community services will give seniors support to lead healthy and independent lives at home. Twenty per cent or more of the Aging at Home funding is earmarked for innovative approaches to service such as culturally sensitive options and community economic development approaches for service delivery that will increase equity and access for marginalized and at risk seniors, and employ community members (cultural, linguistic etc.) who can identify and connect with seniors, and build capacity for members of the community to help each other. These approaches may also include funding to support non-traditional partnerships and new preventive and wellness services. For example, groups and individuals who deliver care informally, such as friendly home visits/telephone calls and transportation to appointments. The historic new funding model used to allocate funding to the LHINs is based on the estimated health needs of the people in each LHIN and their associated costs. - Estimates of health needs are based on each individual's age, diagnosis, and rural and socio-economic status. - The needs of each LHIN's population in 2010 are forecast based on projections of population growth and aging. Listed below is a breakdown of the Aging at Home funding: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three Year Allocations to LHINs --------------------------------------------------- Local Health Planned Planned Integration 2007/08 Initial Base Base Planned Network Planning Investment Increase Increase Three-Year (LHIN) Funding 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 Funding ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Erie St. Clair $187,000 $3,937,535 $9,785,302 $17,282,348 $31,005,184 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- South West $236,000 $7,005,606 $17,409,869 $30,748,507 $55,163,982 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Waterloo Wellington $181,000 $4,783,520 $11,887,688 $20,995,487 $37,666,695 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant $295,000 $7,638,234 $18,982,036 $33,525,196 $60,145,467 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central West $162,000 $2,737,669 $6,803,474 $12,015,982 $21,557,124 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mississauga Halton $196,000 $7,685,778 $19,100,189 $33,733,872 $60,519,839 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto Central $243,000 $6,194,791 $15,394,886 $27,189,738 $48,779,415 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central $263,000 $13,527,801 $33,618,398 $59,375,263 $106,521,461 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central East $288,000 $4,641,877 $11,535,688 $20,373,799 $36,551,365 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- South East $182,000 $2,211,479 $5,495,822 $9,706,466 $17,413,767 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Champlain $246,000 $6,928,868 $17,219,166 $30,411,697 $54,559,731 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North Simcoe Muskoka $161,000 $2,973,268 $7,388,969 $13,050,056 $23,412,292 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North-East $202,000 $4,290,570 $10,662,643 $18,831,868 $33,785,081 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North-West $158,000 $1,046,673 $1,924,956 $3,399,768 $6,371,397 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario Total $3,000,000 $75,603,669 $187,209,085 $330,640,046 $593,452,800 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Funding ------------- Assistive Devices Program Funding Increase $40,000,000 (mobility aids) Provincial Priorities $66,000,000 Allocations to LHINs $596,452,800 ------------ $702,452,800 Disponible en français. www.health.gov.on.ca For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office, (416) 326-8016; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Rohrer, Minister's Office, (416) 326-8016; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: 1-866-532-3161