CSSSM gets money for se­niors

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

On­Febru­ary 3rd, Premier Jean Charest an­nounced an in­vest­ment of $14 mil­lion for the se­niors in the Es­trie re­gion. “Our es­tab­lish­ment will re­ceive $3.3 mil­lion, rep­re­sent­ing 25% of the bud­get for the Es­trie. It is ex­cel­lent news for se­niors 65 and older from the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC who rep­re­sent 21.3% of our pop­u­la­tion,” com­mented Monique Cor­beil, the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre de santé et de ser­vices so­ci­aux de Mem­phrem­a­gog.

This amount is the big­gest that the es­tab­lish­ment has re­ceived in the last ten years. Known for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach to­wards help­ing se­niors live at home, the CSSSM will con­tinue along those lines by ori­ent­ing bud­gets to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of ser­vices that respond to the needs of se­niors, aid­ing them to live bet­ter and longer in their com­mu­nity, near their loved ones. Fur­ther­more, more than 700 se­niors suf­fer­ing from a loss of au­ton­omy on the ter­ri­tory will share al­most 17,000 ad­di­tional in­ter­ven­tions in their homes thanks to the ad­di­tion of more per­son­nel to the CSSSM’S home care pro­gram.

“This rep­re­sents the big­gest re­cruit­ment at the CSSSM in ten years which trans­lates into the hir­ing of 43 peo­ple in the ar­eas of nurs­ing care, homecare as­sis­tance, so­cial ser­vices, nu­tri­tion, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, phys­i­cal ther­apy,” com­mented Julie Dechenault, the di­rec­tor of Hu­man Re­sources.

This money will also al­low the CSSSM to sign new ser­vice agree­ments with vol­un­teer cen­tres in Stanstead, Ma­gog and Man­sonville and with the Co­op­er­a­tive de sol­i­darite de ser­vices a domi­cile.

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Thrilled with the new fund­ing are (l. to r.) CSSSM gen­eral di­rec­tor Monique Cor­beil, di­rec­tor of Hu­man Re­sources, Julie Dechenault, and di­rec­tor of ser­vices for se­niors, Sylvie More­ault.

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