OCSA in the News
The Globe and Mail | Opinion | Hallway Medicine
January 12, 2019
Mr. Picard rightly points out that the answer to our current hospital capacity challenges lies outside the walls of the hospital system. However, what is needed is to bolster home and community services to address long-term capacity.
Many Canadians are unaware that community services go beyond home care and are comprised of programs that support individuals to live independently in their homes. These include community support services such as adult day programs, transportation services, Meals on Wheels, attendant care and supportive housing. These services are critical for frail seniors and people living with physical disabilities. When funded appropriately, these programs protect against decline and the need for more expensive health care.
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The Star |Queen's Park | How Ontario’s next government could relieve overcrowded hospitals
June 3, 2018
The number of patients who occupied hospital beds even though they no longer required hospital care hit a record level in Ontario this past winter, the Star has learned. As a result, emergency room wait times also hit an all-time high.
Almost 5,000 patients, most of them frail and elderly, were stuck in hospital beds because long-term-care homes were full or because it was unsafe for them to return home without more support, according to newly audited data from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the province’s Health Ministry. READ MORE
The Globe and Mail | Opinion | Capacity Exceeded
January 08, 2018
It is heartening to see the provincial government swing into action by expanding hospital capacity and committing to additional long-term care capacity.
While this will take some pressure off the system, it is not a long-term solution. For that, hospitals, long-term care, and home- and community-care providers must work together to strengthen the entire health system. READ MORE
The Star | Opinion | Increased home and community care can help ease pressure on hospitals
December 14, 2017
Your recent story on hospital overcrowding states that hospital funding has “taken a back seat” to home and community care, but that’s simply not the case.
Although the government has made important investments in home and community care in recent years, they have been comparatively small. In fact, the majority of not-for-profit home and community-care providers haven’t received increases to their operational funding in years. READ MORE
The Star | Opinion | Look to independent living sector
July 12, 2017
A well-functioning health system ensures that each patient receives the most appropriate care in the most appropriate place, a goal that is clearly not being met when younger patients end up in facilities designed for elderly residents. Though your article points to an American example, there are also Ontario-based options that may be appropriate for some patients.
For over 50 years, the province’s independent living sector has served Ontarians with complex needs, including physical disabilities, chronic conditions and acquired brain injury. READ MORE
The Star | Opinion | Community care eases pressure on hospitals
April 21, 2017
We read with interest your recent articles regarding hospital overcrowding in Ontario and are pleased to hear the province will be providing assistance in the upcoming budget. Hospital patients deserve access to timely, high-quality care.
Home and community care are complementary services to hospital care. Ontarians need both strong home and community care and strong hospital care. READ MORE