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National health-care collaborative releases Better Home Care in Canada: A National Action Plan

October 27, 2016, Vancouver, B.C. — Three national health-care organizations today released a comprehensive set of actions to enhance home care in Canada. The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) launched Better Home Care in Canada: A National Action Plan (thehomecareplan.ca).

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan reflects the needs of patients and their carers and reinforces the philosophy that the home, not a hospital or long-term care facility, is the best place to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions and live out one’s final days.

“Home care is a priority to help millions of Canadians live in their homes for as long as possible with dignity, independence and access to health care, while ensuring that our hospitals and long-term care facilities are accessible for those who need them most,” says Nadine Henningsen, CHCA executive director. “A coordinated, well-resourced, pan-Canadian plan to enrich home care is required to accommodate the changing care requirements of Canada’s aging population.”

“The health system is at a point of change and we have an opportunity to bring about successful transformation. We were pleased to consult patients, government representatives, health-care administrators, and health- and home care providers from across Canada. This action plan promotes innovation and reflects the patient’s journey within three key themes: patient-centred accountable care, integrated community-based care and sustainable care,” adds Barb Shellian, president of CNA.

Recognizing the federal government’s $3 billion commitment to home care, Better Home Care in Canada proposes the following immediate actions:

  • accelerate the identification and adoption of integrated, community-based practices that address the needs of individuals with chronic complex needs, including end-of-life care
  • persuade the prime minister to deliver a proclamation recognizing the diversity, role and value of caregivers on National Carer Day (April 4, 2017)
  • launch a public awareness campaign to encourage Canadians to talk about and document their wishes for end-of-life care with their health-care providers and significant others

“We welcome the opportunity to share the action plan and its indicators of success for the federal government’s consideration in Canada’s new health accord and their significant commitment to enhancing home care across the country,” says Dr. Francine Lemire, executive director and CEO of CFPC. “The plan provides specific actions for governments, health-care providers, patients and carers to achieve more and better home care. We look forward to continuing the collaboration to support the implementation.” 

For more information, visit thehomecareplan.ca

About the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)
CHCA is a national not-for-profit membership association representing home care stakeholders from governments (federal, provincial and territorial), health authorities, publicly-funded home care programs, service providers, medical and technology companies, researchers and others with an interest in home care. CHCA advances excellence in home care and continuing care through leadership, awareness, advocacy and knowledge.

About the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
Representing over 139,000 registered nurses in Canada, CNA is a powerful unified voice for Canada’s registered nurses. The CNA represents nurses from 10 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges, independent registered nurse members from Ontario and Quebec, and retired registered nurses from across the country. The organization advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly-funded, not-for-profit health system.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. The organization is responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The CFPC provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

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Contacts:
Lisa Benedet, Government Advocacy Lead
Canadian Home Care Association
905-567-7373
lbenedet@cdnhomecare.ca

Kevin Ménard, Communications Advisor
Public Affairs and Member Engagement
Canadian Nurses Association
613-237-2159, ext. 543
kmenard@cna-aiic.ca

Jayne Johnston, Director of Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900, ext. 303
jjn@cfpc.ca