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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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jeepster! Shame on you! We have the best Home Care Programme in Canada and we have the best Home Care programme in MB here in Brandon! I have been in the front lines for many years as a Home Care Worker, and I tell you this is NOT a waste of your money. The City dropped the ball on Infrastructure, by not keeping the tax rate up, so they could garner votes. Our little band of Brothers and Sisters who go home to home to help those whose lives would be unbearable but for the help we give, has stood in the breach and has kept it affordable. It's comments such as these that really bring down our efforts. Be grateful for once that there is a Programme out there that will help you if you are in need of assistance, and with a quality and dedication that is rarely seen in other Health institutions in this city, older Doctors that are tired and are beyond caring and have lost their bed side manner, nurses who argue with patients and take abusive stances with them. The recovery rate of Home Care clients is well beyond that of those who are institutionalized. I for one have given the best years of my life to quality service in Home Care and I find your remark beyond offensive and ignorant... If you can't say nothing nice, don't say nothing at all.

This is ridiculous.
It has become so hard over the last 5 years to get any home care for my patients I have given up trying
So what is the new money going to do?
Hire yet another useless manager to say ,"there is no home care resources available"
on the weekends like they usually say during the week
Not that any doctors are actually working on the weekend to ask
Erin Selby previous job on "Breakfast TV " has prepared her to understand perhaps even fix our failing health system ..but likely not

Manitoba has the best homecare in the country? Of course we do the freaking ndp really SPEND our money on "programs" instead of infrastructure! Course they blame that on the feds but its all MY money so get your priorities straight!

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