In a bid to improve the services it offers, the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) just received a staggering $2.6m from the Behavioral Supports Ontario (BSO) project – a partnership among the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Health Quality Ontario and LHINs. If any organization needs extra resources and support, it is this one, given that this is the organization dealing with behavior and mental problems, including neurological issues and dementia. The money will be used to bring in additional nursing staff, support workers and other health-care providers who can assist these elderly patients.
According to the CEO of North East LHIN, Louise Paquette, it is behavioral support which has been the “missing link in the health-care system.” To ensure the money is spent as efficiently as possible, already discussions have begun amongst hospital officials, the North East LHIN, long-term care residences and other services currently available for the elderly community. However, it will take until around February 2012 before initiatives will be implemented in the area (which comprises North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Timmins). In addition, North East LHIN will be having talks with the head of North East Specialized Geriatric Services, Dr. Jo-Anne Clark, again to ensure the money is spent in the best possible way to benefit the elderly and make life easier for the staff.