The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) released a statement this week favoring the government’s newly released Action Plan for Health Care.

According to a press release by the OCSA,  the new Senior Care Strategy will provide 3 million new hours of support to seniors living in community settings. The action plan will also increase house calls by doctors and fund Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN). OCSA believes that this will result in better care coordination and more holistic person centred care.

“Greater public investments in home care and community support services is consistent with the advice of health planning experts who clearly identify this sector as the first choice for patients and best, most affordable option for the long term sustainable delivery of health care,” said Susan Thorning, CEO of OCSA. “We are very pleased to see this advice reflected the government’s action plan for health care.”

A poll conducted by OCSA shows that the public supports government investment in non-profit supports and services at the community level. Having supports available to seniors  living in the community helps elders receive the assistance they require and prevents needless hospitalizations or stays in care homes. Read the full statement from OCSA here.

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