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Ontario investing additional $100m in home and community care

Staff Writer |
Ontario is investing approximately $100 million this year to enhance support for home care clients with high needs and their caregivers.

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This investment will help clients and caregivers most in need, including $80 million for enhanced home care and $20 million for caregiver respite.

Home care patients and those who care for them will benefit from approximately: 350,000 additional hours of nursing care, 1.3 million additional hours of personal support; 600,000 additional hours of respite services for caregivers; and 100,000 additional hours of rehabilitation.

This additional funding is part of Ontario's 2015 Budget commitment to increase investments in home and community care by more than $750 million over three years.

These initiatives support the commitments made in Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, the province's plan to improve and expand home and community care.

Helping more people access better health care faster and closer to home is also part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care.

The plan is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to stay healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.

In 2015, Community Care Access Centres provided home care to approximately 650,000 people — 60 per cent of whom were seniors — including 28.7 million hours of personal support and homemaking, 6.9 million nursing visits and 2.1 million hours of nursing shifts.

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