Ontario is making major investments to expand home and community care at Southlake Regional Health Centre as part of the province's plan to end hallway health care and build more capacity in York Region.
Today, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health, at Southlake Regional Health Centre to announce that Ontario is investing more than $5.1 million to expand home and community care services for the people of York Region.
This investment will support the Southlake Geriatric Alternate Level of Care Reduction Program, which helps to tackle the issue of hallway health care. The funding will support:
- Southlake@home, a home and community care program providing patients who have completed a hospital stay in acute care with an intensive transitional plan of care to ensure their safe return home.
- A Geriatric Admission Diversion Clinic, which will be open seven days a week and enable appropriate patients with geriatric care needs to be diverted from the Southlake emergency department to receive treatment.
The $5.1 million being invested in Southlake is part of the government's overall investment of $45 million more this year in targeted innovative integrated care models intended to immediately support ending hallway health care in high-need areas. Overall, the government is investing an additional $155 million this year to expand home and community care across Ontario.
- The 2019 budget committed $124 million in home care and $20 million in community care. The government is providing an additional $11 million for home and community care, bringing the total new investment to $155 million.
- This includes $45 million in new funding for targeted innovative integrated care models. The government is also investing $63 million in existing integrated care models.