The North East LHIN has hired the consulting firm called the Hay Group to review the North East CCAC's operational structure and services.
With around $130 million in funding, the North East CCAC is the largest home service provider that operates under the LHIN.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care first established the CCACs in 1996 to provide a first point of contact for public access to government-funded home care, community services and long-term care homes.
In 2007, the 43 CCAC offices across the province were amalgamated to align with the 14 LHINs.
The North East CCAC was aligned to cover a huge geographic area — from the James Bay Coast south to Parry Sound east to Mattawa and west to Wawa. The alignment created six main branches — Sudbury, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Parry Sound — with 15 satellite offices, 10 hospital offices and a head office in Sudbury.
“As people get older, their health care needs increase and their need to be cared for at home or in the community increases,” said Cynthia Stables, a spokesperson for the North East LHIN.
Around 19 per cent of northeastern Ontario's population is over the age of 65, but that number is expected to balloon to 30 per cent by 2030, Stables said.
One of the North East LHIN's key priorities — outlined in its strategic plan — is to smooth and enhance patients' transitions through the health-care system.
Home care makes up an important piece of those transitions. The Hay Group has been tasked with analyzing how the North East CCAC delivers home-care services, and gauge the increasing need for those services in future years.
That report — which will include a multi-year service management plan — is expected by June.
Stables said it will also speak to the North East CCAC's operational structure and how it can best meet home-care demands.
“We’re confident the collaborative capacity analysis will assist both the North East LHIN and North East CCAC in ensuring the appropriate level of service continues to be available today and into the future to support the care needs of northerners,” said Sean Barrette, a spokesperson for the North East CCAC.