The North East Local Health Integration Network wants to ensure that quality care is more accessible in the Parry Sound area.

An investment of more than $67,000 is supporting a new accessible vehicle that will provide transportation to seniors, people who have special needs related to dementia, and people with a chronic or acute illness or physical disability.

The Board of Management of the District of Parry Sound, which operates West Parry Sound District Community Support Services received this funding to purchase a third wheelchair accessible van.

North East LHIN says the new accessible van will allow clients to get to and from important programs and social activities and maintain their independence while remaining in the community.

West Parry Sound District Community Support Services says it supports individuals who need specialized transportation to Day Away Programs, dialysis, medical/therapeutic appointments, exercise, essential shopping and visiting.

Four hundred clients use transportation provided by West Parry Sound District Community Support Services with 25 volunteer drivers making approximately 9,000 trips per year.