Ontario Expanding Home and Community Care Services in Hamilton

Published on September 13, 2019

Hamilton – Ontario is investing an additional $155 million this year to expand home and community care services across the province, including $45 million for new targeted innovative integrated care models in high-need areas. At the same time, the government is providing $63 million in funding for existing integrated care models in communities across Ontario. Today, Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook announced that the government is providing additional funding for expanded home and community care in Hamilton. This funding, which will help patients receive more care at home so that they can leave the hospital sooner, is a critical component of the government’s plan to end hallway health care.

“Home and community care play a critical role to end hallway health care Hamilton,” said Skelly. “By making these significant investments and supporting partnerships between home and community care providers and busy hospitals, patients will experience quicker transitions between care providers with the appropriate support they need to properly recover, while also making sure hospital beds are available for those who need them.”

In Hamilton and the surrounding community, the government is making the following investments:

Existing integrated care models:

• Carlisle Retirement Home- $203,202 for enhancement of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Transitional Care program staffing model and continued delivery of enhanced home and community services, including NP, OT resources at the Carlisle Retirement Home.

• St. Joseph’s Homecare- $209,957 for enhancement of the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Transitional Care program staffing model and the continuation of the 32 bed transition care unit operated by St. Joseph's Healthcare

New integrated care models:

• Hamilton Health Sciences and Good Shepherd - $294,000 for Hospital to Home (H2H). The current proposal recommends expanding the capacity of the existing HHS' H2H program team through investment in 6.0 FTE "Community Health Worker" (CHW) roles that would be provided by Good Shepherd, a community-based social service organization in Hamilton

• Good Shepherd Centre and Hamilton Shelter Network- $893,700 for Transitional Beds The Program for High-Risk Patients After Hospitalization is a 10 bed medical discharge program for adults of all genders (18 years+) that will provide short term care to support medical stabilization and recovery from acute illness or medical condition.

• St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton- $1,708,300 for St. Joe's ALC ED Diversion, this proposal is to expand this successful model of care to function between the hours of 0800-2200 hours and to expand to a 7 day a week model. This expanded model will increase the number of patients who are transitioned home.

• Hamilton Health Sciences and SE Health- $1,594,400 for Discharge to Assess program. Specifically, adult patients will be screened in ED by an interdisciplinary team with expertise in comprehensive geriatric assessment, complex care planning and transitions. With the addition of a Registered Nurse and extended hours 7 days per week, HHS will increase the number of patients assessed and discharged from the ED.

Quick Facts:

• 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.

• In addition to the $45 million in new funding for targeted innovative integrated care models, the government is investing $63 million in existing integrated care models.