Ontario Providing More Beds for Ottawa Seniors
2,000 More Beds and Spaces Available Across the Province
Ontario is improving access to care for seniors transitioning out of hospital with new supportive beds in Ottawa - part of over 2,000 additional beds and spaces being made across the province this year.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa to announce support for a 20-bed pilot Enhanced Convalescent Care Unit.
This project will repurpose 20 short-stay and rehabilitative care beds for frail, elderly patients who are planning to move back home or to a retirement home or assisted living facility. These beds will help about 80 patients in the first few months of opening.
On Monday, Ontario announced funding for over 2,000 additional beds and spaces across the province. This investment includes 55 additional beds at The Ottawa Hospital, Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Montfort Hospital to provide access to care and reduce wait times, whether in hospital, at home or in the community.
Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare - protecting health care today and into the future.
- Ontario is investing $750,000 in a new 20-bed pilot Enhanced Convalescent Care Unit.
- In the 2017 budget, Ontario committed $24 million in 2017-18 to ensure patients are receiving care in the right place. As part of this commitment, the province will provide $21 million to fund 22 projects for short-term, transitional care, and $3 million to help seniors in hospital who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with permanent housing and community support.
- Ontario is providing $140 million to make more hospital beds available and enhance home care services. This investment includes $100 million for hospitals to address increased demands for care, and $40 million for post-hospital and preventative care at home.
- The province is also encouraging people in Ontario to get the free flu vaccine, which is the best way to help protect against the most common flu viruses expected this season, and is available starting this week at health care provider offices, local public health units or at participating pharmacies across the province.
“Our government is taking action to ensure seniors in Ottawa have access to the care they need, when and where they need it. By investing in new rehabilitative care beds, we are supporting innovative methods to help seniors remain in their own homes.”
“We're expanding access to care where people need it the most - in their own homes and communities. This investment in Ottawa and the great partnership between the Perley Rideau and The Ottawa Hospital will provide support for those who need additional care when transitioning from hospital to home.”
“Thanks to the support of our partners, the SAFE model of care will allow us to realize the untapped capabilities of our staff and our beautiful facility to help achieve our strategic goal of becoming a Centre of Excellence in frailty-informed care. I applaud the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, The Ottawa Hospital and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the confidence they have placed in us and for allowing us to innovate to meet the care needs of the region's seniors.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to work with the Perley Rideau in the creation of a program that focuses upon the unique needs of the frail elderly. This initiative will provide the best care possible to support individuals in their recovery in an effort to allow them to return home in a safe and effective manner.”
Dr. Jeff Turnbull
“This new program means that seniors can continue their recovery in the setting that best supports their healing process. The program will also help free up hospital beds for those who need them the most. We congratulate The Ottawa Hospital and Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre on their collaboration. The SAFE unit is not only innovative, it's also an excellent example of how health providers can work together to build a more coordinated, integrated and accountable health system that puts patients and families first.”