Central East Community Care Access Centre opens Alternate Care Setting

LINDSAY, ON June 3, 2011 – The Central East Community Care Access Centre (Central East CCAC) officially opened its first Lindsay-based Alternate Care Setting (ACS) today. Officiating at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Rick Johnson, Member of Provincial Parliament for the Haliburton and Victoria-Brock riding, along with Valmay Barkey and Kate Reed from the Central East LHIN, Barry Neil Chair of the Central East CCAC Board and CEO of the Central East CCAC Don Ford.

With the opening of this new ACS, the Central East CCAC is providing an alternative mode of access to health care for clients in the City of Kawartha Lakes region.

Central East CCAC Case Managers help clients and their families navigate through the complexities of the health care environment. They assess risks, identify priorities, design creative service plans, monitor for continuing eligibility and manage a diverse mix of caseloads. Case Managers conduct face-to-face assessments in clients' homes and work to connect clients to available or alternative resources in the community. Those clients who require nursing services and are ambulatory are connected with an ACS rather than being treated in-home. Once referred, clients will be contacted by an ACS nurse to set up an appointment for treatment.

The ACS provides nursing services to ambulatory clients in one convenient location and is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to facilitate appointments that fit with clients’ schedules. ACS nurses provide treatment and will work with clients and their families to achieve their health care goals. ACS nurses help promote and support a client’s independence; they teach clients and their families to manage their own care on an ongoing basis.

In addition to the outstanding care provided by the ACS nurses, clients will benefit from: scheduled appointments, one convenient location with parking that is close to community amenities, and most importantly, clients will not have to wait at home for a nurse to arrive.

With the opening of this ACS in Lindsay, the Central East CCAC maintains its commitment to continuous improvement and delivering quality care that meet clients’ needs. The Lindsay ACS is in addition to two that already exist in Oshawa and Peterborough (moving location in July) respectively. Two new ACS clinics will also be opening in Scarborough later this year.

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The Central East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is a single point of access to connect people to the most appropriate quality in-home and community based health care services that meet clients’ individual needs. The CCAC works to ensure clients receive the right care in the right place, at the right time.

For more information, please contact:
Gail Scala
Director, Communications
1 800 263 3877
gail.scala@ce.ccac-ont.ca