CHCA Congratulates Parliamentarians on their Insightful Report

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) congratulates the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care for its work on improving palliative care, family caregiver support, elder abuse and suicide prevention.

The Committee's report, Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians, released today, provides a comprehensive set of recommendations that transcend individual party platforms and addresses meaningful improvements for all Canadians.  The report captures the need for accessible, responsive home care and community supports to enable people to stay in their homes with safety, dignity and quality of life; as well as the importance of recognizing the role of family caregivers

"Canadians want our governments to address these critical issues," said Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director CHCA.  "The federal government can provide vital leadership by raising awareness of compassionate, end-of-life and palliative care issues and by drawing attention to the needs of both care receivers and caregivers."

As the national voice of home care, the CHCA is pleased to see recommendations that strengthen care at home and provide relief to family caregivers who play a vital role in caring for family and / or friends with a disability, illness or who are at end of life.   The CHCA supports the Committee's recommendations and reiterates the need to:

  • Agree on a set of harmonized principles for home care in order to ensure equitable access to home care services across Canada.
  • Develop a Family Caregiver Strategy for Canada so that all levels of government can work on addressing the key components of need - respite, education, financial assistance, employment assistance and research.
  • Enhance awareness of the tools, resources and supports that are available to Canadians through dissemination strategies.
  • Target technology investments to address the fragmentation and improve the quality of care and collaboration in order to achieve truly person-centred care.

The CHCA commits to working with all stakeholders to realizing the improvements envisioned in by the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care.

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. Members of the Association include organizations and individuals from publicly funded home care programs, not‐for‐profit and proprietary service agencies, consumers, researchers, educators and others with an interest in home care. Through the support of the Association members who share a commitment to excellence, knowledge transfer and continuous improvement, CHCA serves as the national voice of home care and the access point for information and knowledge for home care across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Home Care Association

For further information:

Marg McAlister, Director Policy and Research
Ph: 905 361-3277 
Email: mmcalister@cdnhomecare.ca
www.cdnhomecare.ca


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