Ensuring access to adequate services for a rapidly growing and aging population remains a priority for the Central West LHIN. In 2014/15, the LHIN, guided by recommendations contained in Dr. Samir Sinha’s "Living Longer, Living Well" report, undertook a comprehensive, long-term Community Capacity Study of services for seniors. The community health services capacity plan identifies current service gaps, challenges within in the system, and opportunities for directing investments, to better meet the needs of a growing and aging population. The LHIN will continue to assess and analyze service needs and resource capacity, guided by the study’s recommendations.
In 2013/14, there were 2,500 admissions to adult designated Mental Health units in Central West LHIN hospitals, the average length of stay of which was 11 days as compared to 28 days for Ontario. Central West LHIN residents had lower rates of active cases, admissions, discharges and lengths of stay compared with the province.
In 2013/14 and 2014/15, support within housing and case management had the longest median wait times among community Mental Health services provided in counselling and treatment, diversion and court support, early psychosis intervention, and support within housing were greater than provincial values.
While utilization rates of Central West LHIN hospitals are significantly higher than the rest of the province, these hospitals had the shortest average provincial acute and total length of stay results in in 2013/14. In 2014/15, average length of stay for Alternative Level of Care (ALC) was 12 days–tied for shortest in the province, and Central West LHIN hospitals had the lowest ALC rate (inpatient capacity lost to ALC) in the province. The Central West CCAC also consistently performs best or second best in the province at meeting 5-day guarantees for personal support and nursing services, and has among the lowest wait times for services in the community. These measures suggest that the hospital and community resources in the Central West LHIN are being managed efficiently.