Orazietti Announces Big Bucks For Community-Based Health Care Services for Seniors

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The province is investing more than $1.3 million in community health care to support residents of Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area, as well as up to $725,000 for the Sault Ste. Marie Health Link to provide timely access to home and community care, David Orazietti, MPP announced today.

“The people of Sault Ste. Marie deserve to have high quality health care here in our community and today’s announcement of an additional $1.3 million continues to reinforce our government’s continued commitment to providing increased access to important healthcare and community services,” said Orazietti. “The investment of up to a further $725,000 to establish the Sault Ste. Marie Health Link will ensure greater co-ordination of care, but more importantly, better outcomes for patients.”

Provincial investments in Sault Ste. Marie and area in order to ensure people receive the right care, in the right place, while also reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, include:

· Palliative Care Team ($487,000): A new Palliative Care Shared Care Team will work to improve quality of care for palliative patients, while contributing to expanding access, equity and quality for patients and their families during end-of-life care. The team will work to ensure people who choose to spend their last days at home are able to do so with appropriate community supports. The team is supported through North East CCAC and Palliative Care Algoma partners.

· Behavioural Supports for Seniors with Dementia ($352,000): The FJ Davey Home has received new funding to hire two Registered Practical Nurses and four personal support workers. They will support person centred care for those living with dementia, other neurological conditions or mental illness who are exhibiting responsive behaviours as well as supporting their caregivers. With these new hires, the FJ Davey Home will also be contributing to the implementation of the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Action Plan in North Eastern Ontario.

· Assisted Living ($232,000): Nine people with physical disabilities, including seniors, will receive assisted living services delivered by Physically Handicapped Adults Rehabilitation Association (PHARA) at its independent living units, located in Thessalon.

· Accessible Van ($60,000): With funding for a new wheelchair accessible van, the Canadian Red Cross will assist seniors by providing transportation to access medical appointments and services that are allowing them to live independently.

“We know older adults want to live independently in their communities and homes across Northeastern Ontario, and we are working with providers to strengthen this part of our system,” said Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East LHIN.