Helping More Seniors Get Care They Need at Home
Ontario Improving Access to Home and Community Care in the London Area
Seniors in London and the rest of southwestern Ontario are receiving better access to home care and community supports to help them live independently and at home longer.
Ontario is providing nearly $21 million to support home care for more seniors and for expanded community health care services, including mental health supports, in the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
This investment will support programs that reduce unnecessary emergency room and hospital readmissions, including:
- Expanding Home First, which helps patients move from hospital to home faster with additional community services.
- Adding more spaces at day programs that provide seniors and adults with complex needs with personal care services including medication administration, mealtime assistance and blood pressure checks.
- Increasing overnight caregiver respite support through Behavioural Support Ontario to allow four nights per month at five providers across the LHIN for the families of seniors who are living with dementia or have other behavioural challenges.
Improving access to home care and community supports is a key priority of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care and helps to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- South West LHIN investments in mental health and addictions services in 2012/13 allowed 35 additional staff to serve approximately 4,700 clients.
- For 2012/13, the South West LHIN’s Home First program provided care for more than 370 complex needs patients at home, resulting in savings to the system of approximately $10 million.
- More than 637,000 people currently receive home care across Ontario.
- Over the next 20 years, the population of seniors aged 65 and over in Ontario will more than double from 1.9 million today to 4.2 million in 2036.
“Providing Ontarians with more timely access to health care in their homes and communities ensures our health care system works better for everyone, improving access for all who need care, where they need it.”
“These funds will help provide even more investments for these key areas of the system and build on the successes that have already been achieved helping people to live healthy, independently and safely at home.”