Who can receive home care in Ontario?
Any Ontarian that meets the eligibility criteria for publicly funded home care can receive the service.
Who oversees publicly funded home care?
In Ontario, publicly funded home care falls under the jurisdiction of the MOHLTC, which provides stewardship of the health system. Local health services are planned and funded by Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
Fourteen Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) are accountable to the LHINs and provide access to government funded home and community services and long-term care homes.
Facts & Figures for Community Care Access Centres (CCACs)
- CCACs employed approximately 6,220 full time employees
- 653,730 clients received home care services funded by the CCACs (Note, a client who is transferred or re-admitted may be counted more than once)
- CCAC client age groupings were:
- Elderly 58%
- Adults 27%
- Children 15%
- 34,473,802 visits/hours of care were delivered by Service Provider Organizations
- 72.3% of care delivered was personal support / homemaking
- 23.9% of service was nursing (shift and visits)
- 3.8% of visits/hours were provided by therapy providers
- Occupational Therapy – 1.5%
- Physiotherapy – 1.3%
- Speech – 0.7%
- Social work – 0.14%
- Dietician Services – 0.15%
Trends in CCAC services:
CCAC Client Population Model: In the last three years, the number of clients deemed:
- Complex has increased by 5%
- Chronic has increased by 3%
- Acute short stay has decreased by 2%
- Community independence has decreased by 5%
How long does it take to receive home care?
Nine out of ten people who were referred to home care services from the community (by a family physician, social worker, community organization or self/ family member) waited 12 days or less for their home services to start after agreeing to receive these services.
How likely is a return to hospital for home care clients who have recently been discharged?
14% of home care clients discharged from the hospital experienced an unplanned return to hospital within 30 days after being discharged.
25% of individuals had an unscheduled emergency department visit within 30 days after being discharged from the hospital and referred for home care services.
Approximately one quarter of home care clients reported that they did not receive an influenza vaccine in the preceding two years.
Do home care clients receive a positive experience from home care services?
Nine out of ten home care clients have a positive experience with nursing, personal support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and nutrition and social work services arranged by CCACs.
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