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Kingston, Ontario. Health officials react to state's new plan

The government of Ontario's 'Health System Stabilization and Recovery' plan has attracted the attention of health officials in Kingston, Ontario. The city continues to address challenges in the long-term care sector.

"It covers many areas and addresses many areas where we have been challenged and were challenged well before the pandemic," said Kingston Health Science Center. (KHSC) CEO said. and President Dr. David Pichola.

At the Kingston Aging Association (KSA), avoiding hospital andlong-term carefacilities is part of the goal of healthy living, but pressure Those who can't ask for an escape valve in the region.

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``Go out and meet other people and make new friends,'' says her KSA member Thea Young .

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The plan is to move elderly people who don't need to be there out of hospitals and into open long-term care facilities. While waiting for the desired long-term care space to become available.

"There are many nuances to getting this right," Pichola says. “We are trying to make the most efficient use of the bed and provide compassionate care.”

Dr. Vince DePaul, a student at Queen's University Rehabilitation School, tells us how effective this plan is. says don't know.

"I think small amounts help, but they don't solve big problems," says DePaul.

He says that greater investment in community care for him, such as the Oasis project at Kingston's Bowling Green Apartments, could play a role.

Oasis provides services such as nutrition, social and physical programs to senior fitness.

"The figures, I think, are about $200 a day for someone in long-term care and $10 a day for him in Oasis," he says DePaul. .

A similar model is offered throughout the city by the Kingston Senior Citizens Association.

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Members say it is social Keep them at home, whether it's physical activity.

"My house is big enough that if I had to stay at home and ask for help, it would be big enough to do that. That's why I'm here," he said. says KSA member Gail Scott. "But I'm going to exercise, so I'm not going to."

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