As major transformation continues to unfold across the health care sector, guests at Circle of Care’s recent annual meeting had the opportunity to learn more about the significant role home and community care agencies can play in keeping seniors living longer lives at home, instead of in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Board Chair Allan Rudolph took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the remarkable number of touchpoints Circle of Care’s PSWs and frontline staff made over the previous year, including:
- 1.15 million hours of personal support
- 533, 307 client calls
- 115,424 rides for seniors
- 178,803 meals delivered
- 156 falls prevention and exercise classes.
“As part of Sinai Health System, our goal is to treat people at Mount Sinai Hospital, rehabilitate them at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, and bring them home again with the help of Circle of Care. It’s about closing the circle and providing seamless care.”
Dr. Gary Newton, President and CEO of Sinai Health System, spoke about the tremendous growth Circle of Care has seen in recent years, due to overwhelming demand from the community. “Managing growth is never easy, but Circle of Care has embraced that growth without compromising safety, quality, and excellence.”
CEO of Circle of Care, Carey Lucki, took the opportunity to highlight the work that was done over the past year to launch the agency’s new three-year strategic plan. “The leadership team, with input from staff and clients, came together to chart our path of where we want to go in the next few years, focusing on the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats for our organization. Within the current climate of healthcare transformation, our vision had to be innovative, able to add value, and realistic.”
To add context and perspective on the sector at large, Deborah Simon, President of the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) spoke about current issues and policy changes that OCSA is advocating for. “The last year and a half has been quite the busy one. There are a lot of changes that have happened, and we anticipate many more. We want to make sure that those in power understand the intricacies of home care, and that it’s a smart and necessary investment – especially as we move towards the next provincial election.”
To read about Circle of Care’s impact in the community, click to read our most recent Annual Report.