Home care: a critical election issue



    OTTAWA, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)
welcomes the introduction of home care into the Federal election dialogue.
    CHCA believes that Federal support and leadership is key to ensuring that
Canadians across the country have equitable access to timely and appropriate
community-based health care in order to remain independent at home for as long
as possible. Federal support is also vital to the 4 million family caregivers
who contribute over $5 billion dollars of unpaid care to the health care
system.
    The members of CHCA, representing an estimated quarter of a million
voting Canadians, call upon all parties in the Federal election to demonstrate
their commitment to home care by:

    
    - Targeting Federal dollars to the home care sector to increase access to
      services to address chronic disease management, long term care and
      preventative care, in addition to acute care and palliative home care.

    - Adopting a comprehensive Canadian Caregiving Strategy which includes:
      - Recognition of the importance of family caregiving in policy,
        practice and legislation
      - Provision of comprehensive caregiver support which includes financial
        measures, services for caregivers based on their assessed needs, and
        flexible work environments for those caregivers who are also employed
      - Research to enable evidence based decision making

    - Working with the provinces and territories to articulate targets to
      measure access to home care so that Canadians can receive timely,
      appropriate home care services regardless of where they live.

    - Targeting investment for information technology applications specific
      to the home and community care sector.
    

    To ignore home care is to ignore the wishes of Canadians who want to live
independently at home for as long as possible. It will take the leadership of
a visionary government to ensure all Canadians have access to services which
enable people to safely stay in their homes with dignity and independence and
quality of life. The members of the CHCA are looking for this type of
leadership. It is worth the risk!

    About the Canadian Home Care Association

    The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is a national not-for-profit
membership Association dedicated to ensuring the availability of accessible,
responsive home care and community supports which 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.




For further information:

For further information: Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, CHCA,
(613) 569-1585, www.cdnhomecare.ca


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