FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2012
Sudbury, ON — Families in North Eastern Ontario making decisions on long-term care for their loved ones will now have access to monthly data on wait times for the various homes in their area. Handouts have been prepared for Kirkland Lake, North Bay, Parry Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins and are available on the North East CCAC website (www.ne.ccac-ont.ca) or from each client’s case manager.
The six documents feature general information on accessing long-term care, and the various assessment categories for placement. Specifically, families will find average wait times for long-term care homes in their area, based on accommodation type (basic, semi-private, and private), and the total number of people waiting for long-term care in their area.
“Making the decision to move a parent or loved one into a long-term care home is never easy, and there are many different factors to consider,” says Richard Joly, CEO, North East CCAC. “We hope that by providing access to this type of information, families will have one more tool at their fingertips to help them find an appropriate long-term care home in their community.”
While the handouts will be updated monthly, wait times vary and often change on a daily basis. As a result, families are encouraged to continue to work with their case manager for support in decision making and assistance with the application process.
As key health care system partners, the North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN), the North East CCAC and area hospitals are working together on a number of initiatives to help facilitate an individual’s transition from one level of care to another along their health care journey.
“People need to have access to information in order to make the best care decisions for themselves or their loved ones,” said Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East LHIN. “Making wait time information publicly available is the right thing to do and we applaud the CCAC for their efforts.”
On any given day, the North East CCAC coordinates outstanding care and provides support to more than 16,000 clients and caregivers throughout the region. To access our services, call 310-CCAC or go to www.ne.ccac-ont.ca.