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McGuinty Government Providing More Access to Community Services in Hamilton

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is making it easier for Hamilton seniors to live independently at home longer by increasing support for home care and other community services.

This year, Ontario is increasing support for community services in the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), such as:

  • Providing more home care services to seniors.
  • Offering assisted living programs that help patients with a range of essential daily activities.
  • Community programs to help seniors better manage their diabetes.
  • Overnight personal assistance for seniors living in supportive housing units.

Seniors will now have more options for care and be able to return home sooner after a stay in the hospital. Ensuring Ontarians receive the care they need in their community and at home will help reduce avoidable and costly emergency room visits, hospital readmissions and early placement in long-term care.

Increased support for home care and community services helps to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place and is part of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care.   

Quick Facts

  • Over the next 20 years, the number of seniors living in Ontario will double.
  • Investing in community care will help 90,000 more seniors receive care at home and fund an additional three million personal support worker hours over the next three years.
  • More than 758,000 Ontarians received support through Community Support Services last year.
  • This investment is part of the 2012 Ontario Budget commitment to increase funding for community and home care services.
  • The increased support will allow the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN to help over 4,000 more seniors through local community programs.

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“We’ve made the right choice to invest our precious health care dollars where they are most needed – in home and community care. This will allow more Ontarians to live independently at home, and reduce pressure on hospitals and long-term care homes.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long Term Care

“As our population ages, our health care system needs to change so that our seniors can receive care at home and in the community. Today’s announcement makes sure that the community health agencies providing this care get the support they need to expand their services.”

Ted McMeekin

MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

“Investing in new and enhanced community programs and services will allow citizens in our LHIN to get the care they need closer to home. Working with our health services providers, we’re easing pressure on hospital emergency departments, improving alternate level of care rates and reducing avoidable hospital readmissions. Most importantly, together we are helping individuals and their families get the best care, in the right place, at the right time.”

Michael P. Shea

Board Chair, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN

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