Home Care Ontario | Mar 28, 2018
Home Care Ontario the voice of home care in OntarioTM said the focus of home care in today’s budget is a recognition of the importance of home care in Ontario and will keep seniors in their homes and communities longer and reduce the mounting pressure on our caregivers.
“This is a great day for Ontarians who want and need more home care, as today’s investments will help them get it,” said Sue VanderBent, CEO, of Home Care Ontario. “These increased investments are the foundation of a strong home care system for the 21st century and will make sure people get care where they want it – at home”.
Home Care Ontario has been calling for increased investments in front line care and initiatives to support professional caregivers and today the government announced:
- An additional $650 million in funding over three years, including $180 million this year which will result in 2.8 million more personal support worker visits, 284,000 nursing visits, 58,000 therapy visits and funding to begin to meet the increased demand for therapy and other home care services;
- $126 million to increase the number of PSWs in underserved communities and provide them with additional training: and,
- $1 billion Seniors’ Healthy Home Program to help keep seniors in their homes longer.
“Home Care Ontario commends the government for the steps taken in today’s Budget,” concluded VanderBent. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the government to implement these important programs and ensure that all funding is 100% directed to frontline patient care.”
Home Care Ontario Press Release - 2018 Ontario Budget