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Helping Ontarians With Disabilities Live Independently

Ontario Expanding Program to Help More People Self-Manage Care


Monday, January 20, 2014


Ontario is helping more people with disabilities live independently in their homes.

The province is expanding the Direct Funding program, which enables people living with disabilities to manage their care based on their individual needs. The program also eases pressure on Community Care Access Centres and other community support providers, freeing them up for more medically complex cases.

The expanded program will provide direct funding to approximately 1,000 Ontarians with physical disabilities by 2016 to help them self-manage their care.

Currently, approximately 750 individuals receive monthly funding to hire their own attendant and determine how and when their services are provided. Attendants assist clients with routine activities, including dressing, grooming and bathing. The program also allows caregivers respite, reducing the personal and financial burden on families.

Helping Ontarians with disabilities live more independently in their homes and communities supportsOntario's Action Plan for Health Care by providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place. This is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.