Muskokans that rely on personal support workers could soon be able to get quicker access. The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network is getting ready to table a report to outline some ideas to bridge the gap between the supply and demand of PSWs in the area. The LHIN says a shortage of personal support service isn’t unique to our area, but the need is only going to grow as the population ages. It says in North Simcoe Muskoka, the number of those aged 65 or older is expected to double in the next 20 years, making up almost 30 per cent of the population.

The LHIN has already completed one report on the issue, to summarize key findings about the industry. It looked at education, population growth, wages and job stability. It says that report will help to identify what needs to change to help the industry grow. In the original report, the LHIN noted that it will need over 400 more PSWs providing care by 2021.

The report outlining the action points is expected in early 2018.