This is the RIGHT PLACE OF CARE
Caring for the aging population in Ontario is a major priority, and across the province significant efforts are underway to better understand how to provide the right care in a client-centred and economically sustainable manner. As a result, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN) and the Provincial government have been reviewing the health care system to find the right place of care to try to meet the complex care needs of seniors in Toronto.
As one of the largest providers of homecare services for seniors within the Community Support Services (CSS) sector, WoodGreen is one of 8 agencies participating in this new community-based service delivery program.
Since March 1, 2012, as part of the TC LHIN’s plan to enable the community sector to meet the changes in our clients’ needs, the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (TC CCAC) has been transitioning the care of clients with “low care needs” to agencies like WoodGreen through the Right Place of Care initiative. Examples of low care needs could be assistance with bathing, dressing, mouth and skin care, toileting, laundry/bed making due to incontinence, washroom cleaning after bathing and other such low care needs. Clients who are referred to WoodGreen can also access our complete basket of services including Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Programs, Transportation, Mental Health supports, Crisis Counselling, Security Checks, Elderly Persons Centres and many other local programs.
Until very recently, many of the seniors we now support at home would have been receiving care in hospitals or long term care. Working collaboratively with TC CCAC to transition low-risk clients to community agencies is creating greater capacity in our health care system.
WoodGreen is dedicated to providing our clients with excellent care and support, as well as implementing services for clients and families to remain independent and connected to their homes and communities. Moving forward, we believe the sector will need to explore more of this type of collaboration in order to properly care for Ontario’s seniors.
(This piece was written in response to the July 2015 Globe and Mail series on home care in Ontario.)
Ashnoor Rahim, Vice President of Community Care, WoodGreen Community Services