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2013-12-18 at 16:48

Home-care funding

By Jamie Smith,
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As the population ages, the province is looking to keep people in their homes longer.

According to the provincial government, the number of seniors in Ontario will double to more than 4 million people in the next 20 years. On Wednesday the province announced $4.43 million for more than a dozen health-care providers in the region to help home-care efforts in hopes that those people can stay out of hospitals.

MPP Bill Mauro (Lib., Thunder Bay-Atikokan) said hospitals stays are the most expensive way to treat people.

Since the Liberal government took power Mauro said the health-care budget has grown from $30 billion to $50 billion.

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Getting resources to community agencies that help people in their homes is one way to try and deliver more efficient health care.

"And the pressures are still enormous so we need to find ways for the care to evolve so that we're not going to continually be able to just put money in the system," he said.

More than $1.2 million will be going to the North West Community Care Access Centre to help reduce the amount of time high-risk patients are waiting for personal support workers.

It will also expand the centre's urgent care clinic's hours.

Manager Kristen Shields said the clinic has already seen more than 130 people since it started opening on Saturday and Sunday a little more than a month ago.

"There is a huge demand," she said.

The funding will be administered North West Local Health Integration Network.



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sky high says:
All new houses should be built with their own little infirmary. It should be the LAW. We need more PSW at 14 dollars an hour taking care of seniors in their home and that way we can reduce 300 thousand dollar a year doctors. Then we can give the PSW workers a huge raise like they deserve!
12/18/2013 7:46:53 PM
Today1 says:
Let's talk wages...we're paying big bucks for the best...the best is driving us into the hole...couldn't imagine where we would be with the second best...
12/18/2013 9:52:21 PM
Tbaylifer 1 says:
The aging at home strategy is working well for the government coffers but not for the senior that requires CARE. There is more to healthcare for seniors then a bath and meal. Having seniors in their homes, by themselves for more then 16 hours is not good care for seniors who would normally be in a Longterm Care facility. Psychosocial needs are not being met. The government is neglecting senior healthcare needs in favor of a two tier system for seniors.
12/19/2013 6:33:32 AM
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