Ontario Providing New Supportive Housing for Hamilton Seniors
2,000 More Beds and Spaces Available Across Province This Year
Ontario is improving access to care for seniors transitioning out of hospital with new supportive housing units in Hamilton - part of over 2,000 additional beds and spaces being made available across the province this year.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at St. Joseph's Home Care in Hamilton to announce support for the new seniors' supportive housing units.
This partnership with St. Joseph's will provide 40 seniors with rent as well as home and community care supports, including assisted living services, so that they can receive the right care in an environment suited to their needs. The seniors benefitting from the project will live in residential units at First Place Hamilton where they will have access to a range of programs, including wellness and recreation activities.
On Monday, Ontario announced funding for over 2,000 additional beds and spaces across the province. This investment includes 57 additional beds at Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Health Care, and 6 transitional care spaces in Hamilton, 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 $498,516 in a seniors’ supportive housing project in Hamilton.
- 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.
- As of August 2017, more than 4,400 patients were waiting in hospital to be discharged to either long-term care, back home with support or assisted living.
- 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.
“Ontario is taking action to ensure seniors in Hamilton have access to the care they need, when and where they need it. By investing in housing and support services, we are empowering seniors with the choice to select their own living conditions and level of care.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
“Ontario is working with home and community service providers to expand access to care where people want it the most - in their own homes and communities. These investments will provide affordable housing support for seniors in Hamilton, improving their well-being and reducing wait times in the area.”
“It’s heartening to be part of this good news from the Minister of Health. Today’s investment will assure our community’s ability to offer the right care in the right place and at the right time. This is what we strive for, making beds available in hospital and after hospital, and offering community support by way of flu shots and transitional beds... altogether ensuring that our patients needs are met.”
“We are very appreciative of the opportunity to support more patients to live independently in the community. This program is an example of how we can work together to provide community-based solutions to alternate level of care challenges by working together with partners from our Hamilton-based hospitals, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences, the LHIN’s Home and Community Care, and CityHousing Hamilton.”
Dr. Carolyn Gosse
“We know that people want to live independently at home and in the community for as long as possible. The additional provincial investments announced today mean more people will receive the support they need to remain living in the community through expanded access to supportive housing and transitional care programs across HNHB LHIN. This investment is an example of how the province, our LHIN and health system partners continue to work with patients to understand and respond to the unique needs and preferences of the people within our local communities.”
Janine van den Heuvel