New health ser­vice pro­po­sal re­vie­wed

Le Reflet (The News) - - ACTUALITÉS · NEWS -

More ef­fi­cient use of sub-acute ser­vices for out-pa­tients is part of a new plan for hos­pi­tals and health ser­vice pro­vi­ders in Eas­tern On­ta­rio.

The Cham­plain Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work board (LHIN) has ap­pro­ved a pro­po­sal for a new long-term plan for ma­king the best use of sub-acute ser­vices wi­thin the Cham­plain LHIN re­gion. The LHIN over­sees fun­ding ma­na­ge­ment and other plan­ning for the Cham­plain health ser­vices re­gion, which in­cludes Ot­ta­wa, the Five Coun­ties and parts of Ren­frew and Leeds-Gren­ville coun­ties.

LHIN ad­mi­nis­tra­tion has de­ter­mi­ned there are more than 870 sub-acute care hospital beds in the Cham­plain LHIN re­gion avai­lable for pa­tients who have fi­ni­shed with their acute care treat­ment and may trans­fer over to re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion or other types of in­pa­tient or out­pa­tient care. These types of ser­vices handle stroke sur­vi­vors, pa­tients with ac­qui­red brain in­ju­ries, am­pu­tees, and ol­der pa­tients who have be­come de­bi­li­ta­ted fol­lo­wing an ill­ness or in­ju­ry and are in need of fol­low-up sup­port care.

The new plan was de­ve­lo­ped th­rough the LHIN’s sub-acute ca­pa­ci­ty stee­ring com­mit­tee th­rough consul­ta­tion with pa­tients, ca­re­gi­vers, and health ser­vice pro­vi­ders. It re­com­mends ear­lyi­den­ti­fi­ca­tion and pre­ven­tion stra­te­gies to help pa­tients avoid fu­ture hospital stays re­sul­ting from re­lapse or new in­ju­ries or ill­ness du­ring their sub-acute care per­iod. Mo­ni­to­ring pa­tient care du­ring hospital stays to prevent any hospital-ac­qui­red di­sa­bi­li­ties prior to re­lease is al­so re­com­men­ded.

The plan re­com­mends a $5.6 mil­lion in­vest­ment for the Cham­plain LHIN’s sub-acute care ser­vices pro­gram for in­pa­tient care. Most of the mo­ney would go to­wards more in­ten­sive re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion ser­vices. Ano­ther $11.3 mil­lion in­vest­ment is re­com­men­ded for com­mu­ni­ty-ba­sed ser­vices.

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