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Friday, November 15, 2013

$14 Million to Help Windsor Seniors Live at Home

The Windsor Star/Craig Pearson

Local seniors will soon have more help at home, thanks to a $14-million provincial investment announced Friday, aimed at promoting independent living for longer.

Windsor West MPP Teresa Piruzza said the home-care money goes to the Erie St.Clair LHIN — the local health integration network, which doles out money for various health-care programs.

“We are investing our health care dollars in services that help Erie-St. Clair region residents get the care they need at the right time, in the right place,” said Piruzza, who made the announcement of the additional LHIN funding at the Community Care Access Centre offices in Windsor. “This means better access to quality and timely care for patients, and especially our seniors.”

The money includes $3.4 million to provide more personal support workers for seniors in their homes, part of the province’s pledge to reduce wait times for home care to five days.

As well, $1 million goes to support frail seniors living independently though Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario, while $330,000 funds the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre Active Aging Program, designed to help seniors dealing with such things as heart conditions and strokes.

“It’s primarily for seniors or people with complex needs who are leaving hospitals,” Piruzza said. “We all know that people would prefer to stay at home as long as they can. People would like to get home as quickly as possible.

“It increases your quality of life.”

More than 637,000 seniors currently receive home care in Ontario. Officials estimate that the number of Ontarians aged 65 and older will more than double from 1.9 million today to 4.2 million by 2036.

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