In this section, you will be able to access information about upcoming Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes special events and activities, as well as get recaps and summaries of recently held initiatives.
For further information about any agency initiatives please call 324-7323.
NEW FUNDING TO COMMUNITY CARE
New provincial funding will enable Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes to provide additional programming to local seniors and residents with special needs. The funding is part of the province’s efforts to help local seniors live independently and at home longer. The new funding announcement was made Nov. 22 by Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough.
The funding is part of nearly $28 million for new investments in home care and community supports in the Central East Local Health Integration Network catchment area. Community Care will receive:
$620,000 for the creation of a Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) Community Team, where seniors will be supported in accessing care from inter-professional teams;
$396,843 for Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors (ALS-HRS);
$57,828 for Adult Day Programs (ADP) to provide dementia-specific programming to additional clients in existing program locations.
The GAIN funding will allow a geriatric assessment community team to be developed by the CCCKL Community Health Centre, said Catherine Danbrook, CEO of Community Care. The GAIN team will collaborate with the Central East Community Care Access Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital geriatric programs. Using best practices for seniors care, standardized assessments and protocols, individualized integrated care plans will be created for high risk seniors, she added. Those clients will be supported by case managers, who will help clients navigate the health care system and access community programs.
The new ALS-HRS funding will support 30 people annually to maintain independence and remain living in their homes for as long as possible. The service will be operated from a central Lindsay location and will serve eligible high risk seniors living nearby.
The new ADP funding is targeted at frail elderly clients who have complex and long-term medical, physical, social and/or cognitive conditions. The funding will allow CCCKL to provide dementia-specific programming to an additional 20 clients per year.
The funding is to allow the new support programs to be in place for April 2014, Danbrook said.
“We are investing our health care dollars in services that help local residents get the care they need at the right time, in the right place. This means better access to quality and timely care for patients, and especially our seniors,” MPP Leal said.
Over the next two decades, the population of seniors aged 65 and over in Ontario is projected to increase from 1.9 million today to 4.2 million by 2036.
HALIBURTON COUNTY/CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES FACILITATED INTEGRATION
After many months of due diligence and stakeholder engagement, the Integration Planning Team for the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County has developed an Integrated Governance and Service Delivery Model as part of a facilitated process at the direction of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CELHIN).
Since January 2013, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Health and Support Services has been part of a group of local health care organizations in the CKL and Haliburton County meeting as part of a facilitated integration process of services. The Final Integration Plan recommends how hospitals and community-based health services could be delivered in the future to improve client access to high-quality services, create readiness for future health system transformation and make the best use of the public’s investment.
If approved, the Final Integration Plan would lead to the creation of one organization (One Entity) in Haliburton County, with a single board of governors, being accountable for providing all the LHIN-funded hospital and community services in that community. This would be achieved by the voluntary merger of Haliburton Highlands Health Services and Community Care Haliburton County. The One Entity would then become responsible for hospice/palliative services currently delivered by SIRCH in Haliburton and Adult Day Program services currently delivered by the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). SIRCH and VON would continue to exist as ongoing entities, with their own boards, programs and services, but would no longer have Accountability Agreements with the LHIN to provide these LHIN-funded services in the current locations.
In the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Final Integration Plan would see Ross Memorial Hospital and Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes continue to operate as separate entities or organizations with their own boards of governors, but would work together and with the One Entity to provide more access to hospice/palliative services and mental health services, and collaborate on a number of administrative and support services.
Any savings achieved through the implementation of the Integration Governance and Service Delivery Model would be reinvested back into the health care services that are provided to local residents in both communities.
The proposal is being presented to the boards of the agencies involved in the plan in November and December 2013, and to the LHIN Board on Dec. 18 for any final decisions.
To access further information about the integration process, please visit the Central East LHIN website by clicking Central East Local Health Integration Network and click on “Resource Documents – Integration.”
PAT’S SILVER ANNIVERSARY WITH COMMUNITY CARE
Pat Scarborough, the face of Community Care in the Bobcaygeon area, recently celebrated her 25th anniversary of working for the agency. She was honoured at the Community Care Long-Term Service Awards for employees. Pat is the Program Manager for Community Care North Kawartha Lakes services and is responsible for overseeing Community Support Services in the northern part of the City.
CARE WALK RAISES $10,000 FOR ADULT DAY PROGRAMMING
The 4th annual Care Walk presented by Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes raised $10,019 in support on Aug. 24 in Lindsay. Proceeds from this year’s event, held at the Rotary Trail alongside the Scugog River, will support Community Care’s Adult Day programs offered throughout the municipality.
Top fundraising team at the Care Walk was the Fenelon Falls Walkers, who will celebrate their fundraising success with a pizza party. All participants in the Care Walk who raised $100 or more in pledges were eligible for a shopping card to either President’s Choice or Sobeys stores.
Corporate supporters of the 2013 Care Walk were:
Gold Sponsor MV Wilson Construction of Lindsay
Silver Sponsors Investors Group of Lindsay, Medigas of Lindsay
Bronze Sponsors Imperial Coffee Services, Lindsay, Moynes Ford of Lindsay, Philips Lifeline personal alarm devices, Sobeys of Fenelon Falls.
STROKE SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP COMES TO BOBCAYGEON
For people dealing with the challenges of having suffered a stroke, or for those caring for someone who has had a stroke, a new monthly support group offers the chance for them to know that they are not alone.
Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes recently began offering its Stroke Survivor Support Group in Bobcaygeon. The program has been running in Lindsay for several years.
The support group is a positive experience for participants. The program offers support and encouragement for stroke survivors, their families and caregivers, and gives people the chance to meet other stroke survivos and share stories with others who understand what challenges they experience.
The meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at Specialty Care Case Manor in Bobcaygeon (28 Boyd St.), from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. It is open to any residents who have experienced stroke or who are caring for someone recovering. The sessions are free to all participants. Light snacks and refreshments are served.
For more information, contact Community Health Centre Clinical Program Manager Margot Fitzpatrick at 705-324-7323 or e-mail at email@example.com
FARMERS’ MUTUAL DONATES $15,000 TO FOUNDATION
Local youth in need of affordable dental care will be able to access such services in the future, thanks to the support of the Farmers’ Mutual Insurance CARE program. The company’s Create A Ripple Effect (CARE) program recently donated $15,000 to the Community Care Foundation (Kawartha Lakes). The money will be used to help provide dental care for up to 60 local children who currently have no access to dental care, through the Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes low-income dental clinic.
The CARE program donation will support annual checkups, x-rays, fillings and cleanings through the dental clinic, says Community Care CEO Catherine Danbrook.
Since opening in 2011, the Community Care dental clinic has supported more than 700 clients who have qualified for affordable dental care services by either being on an assistance program or by meeting financial qualification criteria.
“Farmers’ Mutual believes in supporting the communities where our policy holders reside,” said company president and CEO Tim Shauf. “Our CARE initiative is an avenue to share our success in meaningful ways. Our CARE Committee agreed that the Community Care dental care program fits well with our policy. We’re very happy to support such a worthwhile program.”
The Farmers’ Mutual CARE supports not-for-profit organizations and events that provide growth opportunities for children, advance health care for citizens and promote safety in everyday living within the communities where policy holders, staff and brokers reside.
Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Health and Support Services provides services and support that allow people of all ages to live independently and healthily with dignity and independence.
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