Government policies and programmes change and evolve. For example, Ontario’s health services are in flux. Changes to health care policy directly affect in-home care and community support services – the services senior citizens need and rely on to age safely and productively in their homes and communities.
The end goal of change seems clear – improved care and services. What’s less clear is the roadmap for how we will get there. To influence direction and outcomes, we need to understand. To understand, we need to question.
To highlight questions and spark discussion, Care Watch is issuing short bulletins on the evolving programs and services of particular concern to seniors – particularly in-home care and community support services.
Each bulletin has questions that need answers. Don’t be hesitant to ask them and to add some of your own. Please also feel free to send your questions and comments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to learn about the issues and to question your political leaders and other decision makers. When answers are vague, sparse, or unclear, ask again. You need and deserve straightforward information.
Ontario Health Teams
Ontario has proposed replacing existing health service networks with 50 “Health Teams”. The process for establishing health teams is underway, but the selection and implementation criteria are not fully established, and the structure of health teams may vary depending on geography and the partnerships that are assembled. We need to understand more about how health teams will improve services and patient or client experience.