Ontario Government Investing In Patients And Strengthening Health Care

TORONTO, May 15, 2012 -Office of the Premier - Over the next three years, Ontario will help 90,000 more seniors get the care they need to live comfortably in their own homes by adding three million more hours of personal support worker (PSW) care.

PSWs assist people with personal hygiene, light housework and help with delegated health procedures such as changing dressings. Having the support of PSWs enables seniors, people with physical disabilities and those with complex needs to live independently at home -- rather than in a hospital or long-term care home.

Helping seniors stay at home longer benefits the entire health care system by freeing up hospital beds for those who need acute care, reducing pressure on emergency rooms and saving money.

Increasing PSW hours ensures access to the right care, at the right time, and in the right place, and is part of the McGuinty government's Action Plan for Health Care.

Quick Facts:

...This investment is part of the government's 2012 Budget commitment to increase funding for community and home care services by an average of four per cent over the next three years.

...There are about 26,000 PSWs in Ontario providing home care services.

...Personal Support Worker Day is May 16th and recognizes the contributions of PSWs to the province's health care system.

Learn More:

Find out more about community and home care. Read the McGuinty government's Action Plan for Health Care.

Office of the Premier