The Central CCAC Home First program is funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to transition alternate level of care (ALC) patients with complex care needs from hospital to home. Since its launch in September 2009, the Home First program has allowed over 900 people residing in the Central LHIN region to return home safely after the acute phase of their treatment is complete, to continue recovering and regaining their strength in the comfort of their own home. The program is designed to provide an enhanced level of CCAC services for people with complex care needs, up to a maximum of 90 days, so that the client can recover at home before making any permanent decisions on future care options. The goals of the program are to reduce ALC days in hospital, allow hospital patients to continue recovery at home, allow clients and/ or families to make long-term care plans from the comfort of their own home and to avoid premature admission to Long-Term Care facilities from the hospital. Eligible clients receive for up to 56 hours of personal support services per week, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing up to four times daily, medication management with a pharmacist, equipment loan and intensive Case Management with dedicated Case Managers who make frequent home visits. Case Managers monitor the clients’ progress and adjust services as needed, ensuring the client and family are prepared to transition off the program within 90 days.
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