Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Ontario Expands GeriMedRisk Program with $4.1 Million Investment to Enhance Senior Care: “This program is for the well-being of every senior in Ontario: Amarjot Sandhu, MPP

The Ontario government has announced a significant investment of over $4.1 million spread over two years to expand the GeriMedRisk program, enhancing access to specialized dementia care and other supports for seniors within their communities.

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones, emphasized the government’s ongoing commitment to accessible healthcare. “By expanding GeriMedRisk, we are ensuring that seniors across Ontario receive the care they need right where they live. This initiative will help them manage their health effectively at home, minimizing the need for emergency hospital visits,” she stated.

GeriMedRisk, which is spearheaded by Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, facilitates the connection between primary care providers and an interdisciplinary team of geriatric specialists. These specialists assist in crafting comprehensive care plans, simplifying the process for seniors to access necessary medical support.

Mr. Amarjot Sandhu MPP comments that “This funding boost for GeriMedRisk is a testament to our government’s resolve to support our senior population comprehensively. I am proud to see such impactful initiatives being advanced, enhancing the quality of life for seniors by providing them with essential healthcare services directly in their communities. This program not only represents a step forward in healthcare innovation but also strengthens our commitment to the well-being of every senior in Ontario.”

This expansion, first initiated province-wide in 2019, will enable the hiring of up to 21 additional geriatric specialists and pharmacists. The team is set to deliver over 1,000 additional consultations each year, focusing on:

  • Streamlined access to geriatric specialists in a single appointment.
  • Immediate educational support on medication management.
  • Reduced hospital and emergency department transfers for seniors, particularly those with complex conditions like dementia.

Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, praised the program’s local roots and its provincial impact. “GeriMedRisk exemplifies the innovation and community-focused care that originates from the Waterloo Region, offering significant benefits to seniors across Ontario,” he remarked.

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