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Ontario Pilot Project Funding For Self Directed Home Care

Posted by Brian Shevel on 14 July 2015

Toronto, Canada, July 14, 2015 - Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region (HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.com), the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is weighing in on Ontario's pilot project providing funds to patients for self directed home care.

As the senior population continues to rise, hospitals and long term care facilities are struggling to keep up. In response, the Ontario government has stepped in with a project in which funds are given directly to patients to decide their own method of home care. This will free up hospital beds and provide the funds necessary for seniors and other patients to get the care they need. (Source: Grant, K., "Pilot project to give cash to Ontario patients for self directed home care," May 13, 2015; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-health-minister-expected-to-address-scathing-report-on-home-care/article24415170)

"It's an interesting project," says Brian Shevel, President of Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region. "The initiative seems to be addressing some of the present and future concerns surrounding home care in this province and the country overall. It's obviously too early to comment on the effectiveness, but knowing that practical steps are being taken and not just spoken about is certainly encouraging."

The Ontario government has also promised a $5 million increase in funding to extend the amount of covered hours home care workers can be in the home. This amounts to 150 hours of visits per month compared to the 120 currently capped right now.

"That is another big move that goes a long way to helping many more seniors afford the actual amount of time they need to receive adequate home care," Shevel continues. "This doesn't solve the entire problem, but any step forward to help seniors get the care they need at more affordable rates is a positive one."

The pilot project may resolve some concerns regarding the province's home care sector, however, experts believe that better access to healthcare information and dealing with the transition of an aging population are still issues that still need to be addressed.

Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of home care for seniors across the United States and Canada. For more information about Home Care Assistance and the services they provide visit their website www.HomeCareAssistance.com.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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