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$90,000 to Support Alternate Level of Care in Nipissing

January 25, 2023

NIPISSING – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government is investing $90,000 to the Nipissing Wellness Ontario Health Team to support long-term care home admission diversion for 100 older adults in the last quarter of 22/23 and another 250 older adults in 23/24.

“Our government is investing in building a stronger, more resilient health system as part of our Plan to Stay Open: Health System and Recovery,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “Today’s funding will support the longevity of local older adults being able to live at home.”

Examples of Alternate Level of Care supports include the following:

  • Household chores
  • Meal preparation
  • Snow removal
  • Yard maintenance
  • Transportation

“On behalf of the Nipissing Wellness Ontario Health Team, I would like to thank the Ontario government and Ontario Health for the opportunity to utilize these funds to drive system change. By addressing caregiver burden and improving the ability of older adults to remain at home safely we reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and improve the quality of life of many older adults in need in our community.” – Wendy Smith, Executive Lead of the Nipissing Wellness Ontario Health Team.

To further support Ontario’s innovative models of care, our government will provide Ontario Health with up to $64.1M in one-time funding in 2022-23. This funding is intended to reduce Alternative Level of Care (ALC) and support patient flow from hospitals to more appropriate care settings. Funding will be distributed across the following themes:

  • Capacity Maximization ($2.3M)
    Leverage existing long-term care home capacity to transition long-stay beds in underutilized homes to short-stay, rehab, or convalescent beds.
  • Admission Diversion ($12M)
    Increase home and community supports by leveraging Community Support Services (e.g., Adult Day Programs).
  • Discharge Supports ($23.5M)
    Implement “Hospital at Home” programs and Behavioural Supports by providing the resources and assistance needed to support people as they transition safely from hospital to home with the support they require.
  • Local Strategies ($25.4M)
    Work with local communities to create appropriate strategies, such as additional Alternative Health Facilities and Transitional Care Units (e.g., programs operated by hospitals within retirement homes).
  • Home and Community Care ($6.7M)

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