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Ontario Undertakes Major Expansion of Home Care

Correspondents: Aisha Gomez and Roosa Tikkanen, the Commonwealth Fund

In October, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care of Ontario, Eric Hoskins, M.D., announced funding for an additional 2.6 million hours of home care. The majority of hours will be devoted to assisting individuals with personal support services such as help with bathing, dressing, and exercising. Additional hours are earmarked for respite services for caregivers, nursing care, and services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy. The province also will create new models for clients and caregivers that aim to give them more control over their care and launch a caregiver organization to give them a single point of access for information, services, and other resources.

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