Red Cross services to be assumed by Carefor
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.