Red Cross ser­vices to be as­sumed by Care­for

The Glengarry News - - The Classified­s -

A “vol­un­tary in­te­gra­tion” of ser­vices pro­vided by the Red Cross with Care­for is sched­uled to be for­mal­ized March 31, 2018.

In De­cem­ber of 2016, the Red Cross no­ti­fied the Cham­plain Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work that it would no longer of­fer LHIN-funded sup­port ser­vices to about 1,250 clients.

Pro­grams that in­clude as­sisted liv­ing ser­vices, non-ur­gent trans­porta­tion, sup­port­ive hous­ing and at­ten­dant outreach are be­ing trans­ferred to Care­for Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. Care­for East­ern Coun­ties serves nearly 17,000 clients.

The agency has an of­fice an of­fice in Corn­wall and satel­lites in Alexan­dria, Lan­cas­ter, Hawkes­bury, Winch­ester, Finch, and In­gle­side.

To min­i­mize the im­pact of the change, the Cana­dian Red Cross So­ci­ety and Care­for worked to- gether to sup­port a suc­cess­ful trans­fer of ser­vices.

Clients’ con­cerns cen­tred on un­der­stand­ing when the changes will oc­cur, and main­tain­ing ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships with their work­ers.

“The LHIN board was as­sured that ev­ery ef­fort would be made to pre­serve th­ese re­la­tion­ships, and also, that Care­for has the ca­pac­ity to main­tain Fran­co­phone ser­vices to French-speak­ing clients,” the LHIN says.

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