Ontario Expanding Home and Community Care Services in Mississauga

Published on September 13, 2019

Major Investments in Frontline Care Critical to Ending Hallway Health Care

NEWS

September 13, 2019

Mississauga – Ontario is investing an additional $155 million this year to expand home and community care services across the province, including $45 million for new targeted innovative integrated care models in high-need areas. At the same time, the government is providing $63 million in funding for existing integrated care models in communities across Ontario. This funding, which will help patients receive more care at home so that they can leave the hospital sooner, is a critical component of the government’s plan to end hallway health care.

Today, Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton, announced that the government is providing additional funding for expanded home and community care in Mississauga-Malton.

“Home and community care play a critical role to end hallway health care in Mississauga-Malton,” said Deepak Anand. “By making these significant investments and supporting partnerships between home and community care providers and busy hospitals, patients will experience quicker transitions between care providers with the appropriate support they need to properly recover, while also making sure hospital beds are available for those who need them.”

In Mississauga-Malton, the government is making the following investments:

Existing integrated care models:

  • Central West Home and Community Care - $335,400 for enhanced wait at home program. The provision of care management in a persons home while they wait for LTC placement for patients preventing patients being designated ALC (alternate level of care).
  • Central West Home and Community Care and SPO - $128,620 for Transitional Surge Spots that create a 4-week short-term, enhanced home-based program designed to support transitions from hospital to home during identified hospital surge periods, enabling further time for patients to convalesce in their own home.
  • Central West Home and Community Care and Caledon Community Services - $89,595 for Caledon Community Care Complex and Vulnerable Beds to create a 3-bed transition unit in a congregate care setting where patients access onsite 24 hour PSW, transportation costs from hospital, as well as accommodation costs . Patients are provided with collaborative wrap around of clinical and community social supports to assist with developing a care plan to stabilize and transition back into the community.
  • Central West Home and Community Care - $54,361 for Intensive Care Wrap Around to creates a 12-bed transitional care unit that provides intensive services for complex patients that aims to support not only medical crisis but social crisis that may exist and threaten safety creating hospital admissions. A responsive and adaptive team including enhanced levels of PSW will be provided for a short-term duration in a congregate setting, to develop a care plan to support safe, stable sustainable care for both the patient & informal caregivers to return to the community with a special focus on flu season.

By investing in more frontline patient care across Ontario, the province can provide:

  • 8 million more hours of personal support services;
  • 490,000 more nursing visits and 100,000 more therapy visits;
  • Services in the community like homemaking, meals, transportation and caregiver supports; and
  • Additional direct community services for patients with acquired brain injury and people living in supportive housing.

“Mississauga-Malton is experiencing higher-than-average rates of patients receiving care in unconventional spaces,” added Deepak Anand. “By investing in targeted partnerships between hospitals and home and community care providers in these regions, we can tackle the challenge of hallway health care head on to ensure patients are receiving the high-quality care they expect and deserve.”

Quick Facts:

  • The 2019 budget committed $124 million in home care and $20 million in community care. The government is providing an additional $11 million for home and community care, bringing the total new investment to $155 million.
  • In addition to the $45 million in new funding for targeted innovative integrated care models, the government is investing $63 million in existing integrated care models.