11/26/2012 07:46 EST | Updated 01/26/2013 05:12 EST

Manitoba creates home teams to help seniors stay in their homes longer

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government says it will create two hospital home teams to help 100 seniors remain in their homes longer.

The teams will include physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals and will be based out of St. James and River East.

The health teams will make house calls to seniors currently on home care with fragile, unstable health conditions.

Premier Greg Selinger says a provincially funded pilot project in Winnipeg last year showed this model can cut emergency room visits and hospital admissions by more than 50 per cent.

The province will also provide more home-based rehabilitation services for people who have had strokes or surgery.

There is also a call for proposals to create 200 more personal care home beds in Winnipeg.

(CJOB, The Canadian Press)