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Home care hours extended in Brandon

Access to home care is no longer limited to weekdays in Brandon, with staff now available for extended hours seven days a week, Health Minister Erin Selby announced today.

"Manitoba has the best home care program in Canada, supporting wellness and independence, so seniors can live safely and independently in their homes for as long as possible," she said. "With this funding to support extended hours, we’re making home care even better for seniors in Brandon by supporting patients being discharged from hospital in a more timely manner, which also frees up hospital beds for other patients who need them."

The additional supports will also enable the Home Care Program to better address new or urgent health concerns of current clients to help prevent hospitalization, the minister said, adding for those in acute care settings, timely assessments will help ensure support is in place so patients can go home as soon as possible.

Additional funding of $184,000 has been provided to Prairie Mountain Health Authority to support the staffing of evening and weekend home care throughout the Brandon area.

"Prairie Mountain Health is committed to meeting provincial priorities around improving wait times and the cancer patient journey, and access to needed inpatient beds in Brandon is critical to these achievements," said Prairie Mountain Health CEO Penny Gilson.  "Enhancements to home care services not only facilitate this but, just as importantly, they allow more people to live safely in their homes where they want to be."

In 2011, Manitoba announced it was refreshing the Long Term Care/Aging in Place Strategy with enhancements to community-based services including the Home Care Program. More responsive home care on weekends and evenings is just one of several improvements in the Prairie Mountain Health region and across Manitoba, the minister said.

Other changes include increasing home care hours available to clients up to 55 hours per week from 50, adding resources in support of Self and Family Managed Care and specialized supports through home care and supporting innovative rehabilitation projects to enhance rehabilitation services in the region.

The Manitoba Home Care Program, established in its present form in September 1974, is the oldest comprehensive, provincewide, universal home care program in Canada.  Home care is provided to Manitobans of all ages based on assessed need and taking into account other resources available to the individual including families, community resources and other programs.

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