The Philosophy

Northumberland Hills Hospital, Campbellford Memorial Hospital Central East Community Care Access Centre and Community Care Northumberland support this philosophy as a major step toward aligning our services around a common system goal: the safe discharge of all patients at the right time and to the right place.


What is Home First?

Home First is a philosophy that promotes safe and timely care, services and supports to meet the health care needs of patients and families in the most appropriate setting. It applies to all patients regardless of their age, hospital unit location, length of stay or condition. The Home First philosophy will help you transition from the hospital back to your home and with the services you will need to help you safely continue your recovery. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our patients and clients and we want to be sure each person receives the right care at the right time and in the right place.  By working with you and your family, the Central East Community Care Access Centre (CECCAC) and Community Care Northumberland (CCN) can help you stay in your own home or, if necessary, help you move to a more appropriate place for your care.

Who will set up the services I need when I go home? 

A CECCAC Case Manager, who is part of your inter-professional team in the hospital, will work with you to determine what type of services and support you need to transition home safely.

What kind of services will I receive?

Each patient will have individualized support services depending on his/her health care needs. The services may vary but can include home care, meals, friendly visitors, light housekeeping or laundry, access to a personal support worker, physiotherapist, and/or other professionals.

For more information?

You can call the CECCAC at 905 885 6600 (Port Hope). 

What is going to happen when I go home?

The CECCAC Case Manager will continue to assess your needs and adjust the level of support you receive based on your changing health needs.

If you need ongoing care in a Long-Term Care Home, the Case Manager will discuss the options with you and your family. The Case Manager will continue to coordinate community support services so that you can safely stay at home until a facility of your choice is available.

Why can’t I wait in the hospital for a bed in a Long-Term Care Home?

When your hospital treatment is complete, your home is a better place for you to regain your strength and with services and support from the CECCAC and CCN, you can make important decisions about your care over the long term.

I’m worried that I may not be able to look after myself at home.  What will I do?

You will likely need the most help during the first month or two after you go home. During this time, the CECCAC Case Manager will continue to assess your needs and coordinate the services and supports so that you can live comfortably and safely in your own home.