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Ontario's Vow to Overhaul Public Home Care

Posted by Brian Shevel on 9 December 2015

Toronto, Canada, December 9, 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 promise to overhaul public home care.

Ontario is aiming to revamp the current home-care system with a focus on developing a new structure where more funds are put towards front-line services. (Source: Church, E., "Ontario vows home-care overhaul in wake of Auditor-General report," The Globe and Mail website, December 2, 2015; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/auditor-general-finds-wide-variation-in-home-care-supports-across-ontario/article27565501/)

"Of course, we're in support of any improvement to the public home care services being offered by or through the province," says Brian Shevel, president of Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region. "At the end of the day, there are seniors and others out there who need help. That's why we do what we do, so if the province is trying to improve then we're in favour of that."

The announcement by the Minister of Health came after a report from the Auditor General stating that Ontario needs to do better when it comes to providing home care. That has partly led to a reported proposal to replace Community Care Access Centres - the current system in place - in favour of a new one that allows local health care networks more authority. Some of the goals of this new proposal will be to improve the overall structure as well as many of its inconsistencies.

"I must say, we've been happy with the way we've been able to care for the communities we serve at Home Care Assistance," Shevel continues. "Making everything work isn't easy, but I think the success of all of our franchises across Canada has proven we've been able to do something right. The fact the Ministry of Health recognizes the effort we put in and is taking action to better support us and also improve the lives of those needing home care is something to look forward to."

Ontario has been quicker than other provinces to expedite care out of hospitals and into the home. They hope to continue that with this new proposal, which is expected to be presented within the month.

For more information about Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region and its services for seniors, visit www.HomeCareAssistance-Toronto.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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