Ontario is making it easier for patients and their caregivers to access better care at home and in the community. On Wednesday morning, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins shared Ontario’s new plan for home and community care. The plan includes an increase to home care nursing service hours to meet the needs of patients with complex care needs.
Funding for an additional 80,000 hours of nursing care is part of the 2015 Budget commitment to increase investment in home and community care by more than $750 million over the next three years. These extra hours of care will make it possible for individuals with complex conditions to receive care where they want to be – in their home and community, instead of in a hospital or in long-term care.
This new plan outlines how the government will transform how care is delivered at home and in the community. In addition to increasing nursing hours, key initiatives will include:
• Expanding supports for family caregivers
• Giving clients and caregivers greater say in choosing a provider, and how and when that provider delivers services
• Clear and consistent levels of home and community care services no matter where in the province a patient lives
• Enhancing support for personal support workers and
• Providing greater choice for palliative and end-of-life care
“Our new plan puts patients and their caregivers first by improving access and expanding services. We know that people who receive care in their homes – where they want to be – tend to heal faster because they are happier and more comfortable in a familiar setting. Our new plan outlines the path we will follow together with patients, caregivers and providers to improve the care people receive no matter where they live across the province,” said Minister Hoskins.