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Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)

Province: ON

The 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), created by the government of Ontario in 2006, are not-for-profit corporations with the responsibility of planning, integrating, funding and delivering health care services in the province. Each is governed by its own provincially-appointed board of directors.  Each LHIN works with health service providers (e.g. hospitals, community health centres, long-term care, support services, mental health and addiction services) within their defined area. While funding for the LHINs comes directly from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the goal and purpose of creating this method of decentralized health care delivery, was to enable each community to assess their needs and decide priorities at a local level. The premise is that each community has unique needs and as a result, those who live, provide services and use services are the best people to understand needs at the community level.

Home and Community Care

The LHINs are also responsible for delivering Home and Community Care services in their respective regions. LHINs provide assessment, care coordination, information and referral to a full range of services for children, palliative patients, individuals with complex care needs, those who are transitioning from hospital to home and patients who require in-home services to help them remain in their home.

 

 LHIN care coordinators create individual care plans to help patients:

 

• Maintain independence in their own home

• Avoid hospital admission

• Explore and choose from a wide range of health and social services

• Find the right housing or long-term care home options when living independently is no longer possible

 

Health care services provided by the LHINs may include: nursing, personal support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and access to adult day programs, assisted living, falls prevention and group exercise classes. Anyone can make a referral/request for service by calling their local LHIN. If you are an inpatient in a hospital, LHIN staff will transition you safely home or to services within the community. As a first step, individuals are assessed by a care coordinator who works with patients, caregivers and your health care team to develop care plans to support your unique and changing needs. The LHIN uses a globally recognized, research-based assessment tool to help deliver the best possible care plan. If living independently is no longer the best option, care coordinators work with eligible patients and their families to find the long-term care home that best fits each person’s needs. Application for admission into a provincially-regulated long-term care home can only be made through the LHIN, who assess eligibility, have comprehensive listings of available homes for long and short stays, and will help with the application forms.

Whether it’s a LHIN home and community care service, or a service that is available in the community, LHINs work with patients to find the care and services they need. LHIN home and community care services are provided at no cost to the patient. Some community services are available, at a fee.

Additionally, certain medical supplies may, in some cases, be partially or fully covered by the program. Telephone numbers for all LHINs in Ontario and the areas each covers are included in the chart below.

To find out further information about your local LHIN, call 310-2222 (area code not required) or visit www.lhins.on.ca[1].

 

LOCAL HEALTh inTEGRATION NETwork Contact Information

lhin Head Office

Phone Number

Areas/Cities Covered

Erie St. Clair lhin

1 (888) 310-8881 or

1 (866) 231-5446

Chatham-Kent, County of Lambton, Windsor & Essex County

South West lhin

1 (800) 811-5146

London, Hanover, Owen Sound, St. Thomas, Seaforth, Stratford & Woodstock

Waterloo Wellington lhin

1 (888) 883-3313 or

   (519) 883-5500

Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County & the southern part of Grey County

Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant lhin

1 (800) 810-0000 or

   (905) 523-8600

Grimsby, Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant & Burlington

Central West lhin

1 (888) 733-1177 or

   (905-) 796-0040

Dufferin County, Caledon, Brampton, Malton, Rexdale & Woodbridge

Mississauga Halton lhin

1 (866) 371-5446 or

   (905) 337-7131

Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville, North West Mississauga, South West Mississauga, East Mississauga and South Etobicoke

Toronto Central lhin

1 (866) 243-0061 or

1 (866) 383-5446 or

   (416) 217-3820

Toronto

Central lhin

1 (888) 470-2222 or

   (416) 222-2241

South Simcoe, York Region, North York and areas of Northern Toronto

Central East lhin

1 (800) 263-3877 or

   (416) 750-2444

Scarborough, Durham, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough & Haliburton

South East lhin

1 (800) 869-8828 or

1 (800) 668-0901 or

   (613) 967-0196

Bancroft, Belleville, Brighton, Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston, Napanee, Perth, Picton, Smiths Falls, Trenton

Champlain lhin

1 (866) 902-5446 or

   (613) 747-6784

Ottawa, Western & Eastern Champlain (including Carleton Place and Pembroke)

North Simcoe Muskoka lhin

1 (888) 721-2222 or

   (705) 721-8010

Barrie, Midland, Penetanguishene, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Muskoka & Orillia

North East lhin

1 (866) 906-5446 or

   (705) 840-2872

Algoma, Cochrane, James and Hudson Bay Coasts, Manitoulin/Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound & Timiskaming

North West lhin

   (807) 345-7339

Thunder Bay, Rainy River & Kenora Districts



[1] Information reviewed by Central LHIN staff (August 2017).

Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW

info@senioropolis.com

 

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