MPP Jim McDonell Brings Home Care Concerns to Queen’s Park

October 27, 2014

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell brought local home care issues to the Minister of Health today during Question Period. In a pointed question, MPP McDonell highlighted the gap between the Government’s promises on home care and the reality of many services being cut.

“Your government came to power with a promise to focus on home care and delivering more of it to Ontarians. Instead, Ontarians are seeing quite the opposite. Many residents of my riding of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry have seen their services either reduced or dropped altogether. The funding formula has been changed so that seniors that were on waiting lists just a few months ago, no longer qualify due to new budget restrictions. Our senior population is growing, yet your Government refuses to fund CCAC’s to meet their demand. Minister, will you commit to sufficient and predictable funding for the Champlain CCAC, or will you continue to let our seniors down?”

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The Champlain CCAC which oversees home care delivery in a large portion of Eastern Ontario has experienced a 12% spike in demand, yet the Government has not funded the region’s home care needs properly. Since the summer, many home care recipients in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry have seen their services reduced or cut altogether, forcing them to either pay for care services out of their own funds or join a Long-Term Care facility’s wait list.

“Better and more accessible home care is essential if we are to reduce the pressure on hospital emergency rooms and long-term care facilities, which in our region experienced the worst wait times in Ontario” – said MPP Jim McDonell. “However, the Government refuses to ensure residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry in need of reliable and adequate home care receive it. While services continue to be cut, however, the Champlain CCAC’s contribution to the Sunshine List of public sector employees earning more than $100,000 has increased by 130% since 2010. Ontarians deserve more services, not more high-earning public servants.”