TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Home Care Association (OHCA)
believes that home and community care is fundamental to supporting an
aging population to remain safe and independent at home and key to
Ontario's Health Action Plan. Significant to the plan is the creation
of an integrated health care system focussed on quality and value where
the right care is given at the right time and in the right place.
Ontario's publicly funded home and community care system serves over
600,000 people and their family caregivers every year. The sector
employs thousands of health care professionals and support staff
province-wide. Home care service is interconnected with all other
sectors of the health system - acute care, primary care, long-term
care, the emergency management system and public health.
A recent white paper by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO) recommends home care structural reform and elimination of the
supporting infrastructure, the Community Care Access Centres (CCAC).
RNAO's recommendation would divert attention required for the quality
agenda and underestimates the complexity of the foundational work
required to achieve true partnership and realize excellent care for
OHCA advises that the government stay the course and support the current
home care stakeholders (OACCAC, OHCA, OCSA, APACTS, CHPN)* who are now
actively engaged in the creation of a strong multi-year,
client-focussed quality and value initiative. This collaborative
relationship rests on a performance-based home care delivery model
rooted in clinical pathway development, evidence based practice and the
achievement of individual health and broader system outcomes. These
changes are significant, based on trust and confidence in the system.
They will serve Ontarians well into the future, positioning home care
to support health system reform, to continuously improve patient
satisfaction, the health of the population, and per capita health care
The Board of the OHCA values all health system partners and commits to
continuing to work collaboratively and relentlessly to build on the
strengths of our system.
About the OHCA
The OHCA, the voice of home care in Ontario, is a membership association representing providers of quality home
care services from across Ontario. OHCA works with families as
integral partners in the delivery of home care services and as such
estimates that 1.2 million Ontarians are impacted by members. OHCA is
dedicated to promoting the growth and development of the home and
community health care sector by helping to shape health care policy,
supporting members to excel, and being a leading source of information
on home and community care. OHCA members are accredited through
Accreditation Canada, CARF, and/or registered with the International
Standards Association (ISO).
For the latest in news and information about the home care sector in
Ontario, subscribe to the Ontario Home Care Association's "House Call"
*Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres, Ontario Home Care
Association, Ontario Community Support Association, Alliance of Professional Associations for Community-Based Therapy
Services, Community Health Provider Network
SOURCE: Ontario Home Care Association
For further information:
Susan D. VanderBent, Executive Director