The search is on for Personal Support Workers in Muskoka.

The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has created a six-month pilot with an aim of improving access to PSWs for retirement home residents.

North Simcoe Muskoka continues to suffer a serious shortage of workers.

The LHIN is trying to identify strategies to reduce the gap between the need for personal support services and the supply of Personal Support Workers in the region.

The LHIN will be working closely with Care Partners and ParaMed to schedule teams of Personal Support Workers in shifts at the two pilot-location retirement homes.

The concept would see workers having more visits with residents, but shorter times per visit seeing multiple patients at a location.

It’s believed that structuring the delivery of personal support services this way allows for the ability to meet the needs of patients with more consistency and continuity of care.