A deficit of as much as $10 million in a program designed to allow seniors to remain at home rather than go to a long-term care facility is a concern to residents and politicians alike but the higher costs may be the result of the program working better than expected.
The Home First program, which is funded by the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, is said to be facing budgetary constraints, according to reports.
More and more people are using the service, which keeps seniors from having to go into more expensive long-term care facilities.
In the meantime, the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network continues to promote the Home First program on its website. Other LHINs throughout the province are also continuing to promote the program.