The following documents and enablers assist the Central East LHIN - its Planning Partners and health care service providers - in developing plans to create a stronger, more integrated public health care system.
Central East LHIN Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) 2013-2016
Across the province, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) have worked with their local stakeholders on the development of their third Integrated Health Service Plans or IHSPs. Here in the Central East LHIN, the 2013-16 IHSP will once again be the local road map guiding the activities and accountabilities of local health service providers leading to better health, better care and better value-for-money for the residents and health service providers in the Central East region. To learn more about the 2013-2016 IHSP, please click here.
Expanding Physiotherapy for Seniors and Patients - updated May 24, 2013
On April18, 2013 the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced that more than 200,000 additional seniors and patients across the province will benefit from improved access to high-quality physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention classes. The Central East LHIN looks forward to taking an active role in this important work for seniors, patients and their families. To learn more about how each of the 14 LHINs is working closely with the Ministry’s teams to put into action each of the five areas of focus and the current call for Expressions of Interest related to the delivery of Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes, please click HERE.
Ontario’s Seniors Care Strategy - updated September 19, 2012
Ontario is moving forward in developing its Seniors Care Strategy, which will help older Ontarians (age 65 and older) stay healthy, live at home longer and receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place. To support the development of this strategy, Dr. Samir Sinha, Expert Lead, Seniors Care Strategy, has asked all Ontarians, but especially older Ontarians, their families and caregivers, and health and social care professionals for their input.
The Central East LHIN organization - staff and board members - along with a representative group of health service providers met with Dr. Sinha on September 10th to provide him with information from a Central East LHIN perspective. To view a copy of the information presented, please visit the Speakers' Bureau page.
In late 2012, Dr. Sinha provided recommendations to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and will work with the health care sector to implement the strategy, once approved.
Transitions in Care - updated June 7, 2012
The Central East LHIN has embarked on exciting new initiatives to further improve transitions of care for area residents. Building from past and current success – such as Home First – the Central East LHIN has enhanced the strategic and operational coherence of various quality improvement initiatives that aim to improve patient/client flow through the health system with the establishment of a Central East Transitions in Care Steering Committee and applicable Tier 1 and 2 Committees. For more information, please click here.
Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) project - updated February 6, 2013
The Central East Local Health Integration Network, in partnership with all Ontario Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), is investing in the enhancement of services to improve care for seniors who exhibit behaviours associated with complex and challenging mental health, dementia or other neurological conditions by investing in local initiatives. The $40 million provincial investment, which includes $1.6 million for the Central East LHIN in the current fiscal year and $4.06 million on an annual basis, will allow local health service providers to hire new staff – nurses, personal support workers and other health care providers – and train them in the specialized skills necessary to provide care for these patients with dignity and respect. For more information on this project and how it is being implemented in the Central East LHIN, please click here.
Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit - posted August 31, 2011
Stay Up, Keep Up!
Falls reduce quality of life for our seniors, impacting their mobility, health and independence. Falls also cost the Ontario health-care system billions of dollars, resulting in avoidable visits to the Emergency Department, hospitalizations, high Alternate Level of Care rates, and all too often, admission to long-term care homes.
In the fiscal year 2009:
- 50% of injury-related hospitalizations were due to falls;
- more than 90% of all hip fractures were due to falls;
- 55 per 1,000 seniors visited the ED due to a fall; and
- 13 per 1,000 seniors were hospitalized due to a fall.
Falls are a leading cause of injury and death among seniors. And yet, most falls are avoidable with proper education, awareness, screening, assessment, intervention and prevention.
To address this, Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Public Health Units partnered to develop an Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Framework & Toolkit to improve quality of life for Ontario seniors aged 65 years and over, and to lessen the impact of falls on the health care system by reducing the number and impact of falls. Please click on the links below to access this Toolkit and other resources:
The Central East LHIN, in partnership with our Public Health Units, will be implementing a LHIN-wide Integrated Falls Prevention Strategy, with flexibility to ensure local needs are addressed appropriately. This strategy aligns with government and LHIN priorities to reduce Alternate Level of Care and Emergency Department wait times as well as the province’s Excellent Care for All Act and public health’s Injury Prevention and Healthy Communities strategies.
Many organizations are already doing great work to reduce falls among seniors. This framework and toolkit pulls together leading practices, programs and resources to create a coordinated, consistent approach to measure the effectiveness of falls prevention interventions across the province.
Regional Specialized Geriatric Services -