Mississauga Halton LTC group share best
practices to work with LHIN
Strong pre-existing culture of partnership
help group present united voice to LHIN
Two representatives from Revera point to
several factors that has led to the creation of a strong Long-Term
Care Leadership Committee that is effectively working with the Mississauga
Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
Brent Chambers, Revera’s director of health
care partnerships, says prior to the development of the LHIN, long-term
care homes in the Halton-Peel area had a pre-existing culture of
meeting to co-ordinate planning and deal with issues together. The
group used to meeting regularly with the Ministry of Health regional
office and the Community Care Access Centres (CCAC).
That routine helped accelerate the long-term care
homes’ ability to come together and form a cohesive group
to work with the Mississauga Halton LHIN when it formed in 2005,
The committee is composed of homes from the Ontario
Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA) and the Ontario Association of
Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). While these
two groups can have different opinions on some long-term care issues
the group has been able to find uniformity of policy and principle
on the majority of long-term care issues when advocating to the
“The group very early on came to the conclusion
that the LHIN needed to hear one unified voice on long-term care,”
According to Julie Wong, executive director of
Northridge Long-term Care Centre, a Revera owned long-term care
home, the group also found it useful to have two co-chairs for the
committee to represent both the OLTCA and OANHSS homes.
“That worked out quite well and was a good
model for us,” recalls Wong, who said they encouraged everyone
on the committee to participate in the different task forces and
working groups so that all members are involved and the workload
Wong adds they found it was best to have their
bi-monthly meetings in a central location that was agreed upon by
the group. Almost half of the 27-member homes in the area participated
in the meetings on a regular basis.
That participation has been enhanced ever since
the LHIN recognized the group as the “go-to group” for
long-term care, says Wong. This was communicated by the LHIN to
the area homes and corporate offices to let them know that if they
were interested in having their perspective heard, they should work
with the Leadership Long-Term Care Committee.
The group now holds meetings in the LHIN boardroom
where they spend the first half of the meeting discussing reports
from the different working groups while the latter half is composed
of formal presentations by the LHIN, the CCAC or the Ministry of
This relationship has made it possible for the
homes to work directly with the LHIN and have their voice heard
during the planning process.
For example, the group was able to work closely
with the CCAC while it underwent changes to bed and resident placement.
“We have been able to work through that
process and iron out a number of glitches that we had along the
way so as a member home I would have to say its been a very positive
experience,” says Wong.
These ideas were shared during the session Advocating
to your LHIN at the OLTCA/ORCA Together We Care Convention.
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