MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Home Care
Association (CHCA) applauds the federal government on their $3 million
dollar investment in the national project "The Way Forward: Moving Towards Community-Integrated Hospice Palliative
Care in Canada." The project will engage stakeholders in dialogue and collaborative
action so that they can move forward to create a community-integrated
system of hospice palliative care.
Most Canadians with life-threatening illnesses would prefer to die at
home surrounded by family and friends, yet approximately 75% of deaths
in Canada still occur in hospital or long-term facilities. The gap
between Canadians' preferences and current practice in the health care
system is due in large part to a lack of integration between hospital,
long-term/continuing care, residential hospices, shelters and
The 10 Year Plan to Strength Health Care has led to important
advancements in the provision of quality end of life care in the home
setting across the country. Today, there is a greater awareness of the
needs of palliative patients and in many jurisdictions enhanced and
increased home care services for those at end-of-life. Although these
are important improvements, there is still much to be done to meet the
needs of individuals who choose to die in their homes.
"We are very excited about this project as it will stimulate the
integration of palliative care teams across different parts of the
health care system," said Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director,
Canadian Home Care Association. "A collaborative approach is necessary
so that expertise within and across organizations can be leveraged for
the benefit of the individual and the family."
As part of our commitment to high quality hospice palliative and
end-of-life care at home, the CHCA is pleased to support the move
towards community-integration of hospice palliative care across all
health care settings. This project will ultimately support improved
understanding and approach to chronic, serious and life-limiting
illnesses so that individuals can receive compassionate and high
quality health care at the end of their lives.
About the Canadian Home Care Association
The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is a not‐for‐profit membership
association dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible,
responsive home care and community supports to enable people to stay in
their homes with safety, dignity and quality of life.
SOURCE Canadian Home Care Association
For further information:
Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director
Ph: 905 361-3277 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org