Keeping Ontarians Healthier at Home
McGuinty Government Providing More Access to Community Health Care
Ontario is making it easier for seniors to live independently at home longer by increasing support for home care and other community health services.
Over the next three years, this new funding for community care across the province will help 90,000 more seniors receive care at home and fund an additional three million personal support worker hours. This year, Ontario is increasing support for community services in the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), including:
- More home care services for seniors.
- Increased support services, particularly for seniors and families affected by dementia.
- Expanded services for frail seniors to help them transition to the right place of care in the community.
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.
- Over the next 20 years, the number of seniors living in Ontario will double.
- 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 by four per cent over three years.
- Learn about alternatives to a hospital ER.
- Learn about home care and community support services for seniors.
- Learn about Community Care Access Centres.
- Learn about community health sector investments.
“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 seniors to live independently at home, and reduce pressure on hospitals and long-term care homes.”