OHCA urges all federal parties to commit to home care



    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The Ontario Home Care Association (OHCA)
believes that home care is critical for Ontarians and advocates for the
creation of a strong, reliable and accessible home care system which fully
supports Ontarians to remain independent at home for as long as possible. On
behalf of the members, OHCA is pleased to see that home care has been
introduced into the federal election discussion.
    Earmarking federal dollars for home care is an effective way of ensuring
that the wishes of Canadians, from coast to coast, for more care at home is
realized. Direct funding for home care positions provinces to administer
programs that suit their population needs recognizing that people of all ages
benefit from home care.
    From the Ontario perspective, the OHCA is pleased to note the expansion
of home and community care as integral to Ontario's health care transformation
agenda. The MOHLTC has increased its commitment to the growing need for
short-term flexible home care and has undertaken to build a well resourced
proactive primary care system that optimizes the contribution of the entire
home and community health care team (family physicians, community pharmacists,
nurses, therapists, personal, home and mental health support, and palliative
expertise).
    Attention has been paid to home care improvements in Ontario. However, as
in other jurisdictions, there is much more work to do. Investment by the
federal government will mean that Ontarians of all ages can remain independent
at home for as long as possible.
    OHCA encourages all parties to commit to resourcing home care so that
Canadians can access "the right care at the right place by the right person"
and have increased confidence in one of our most precious assets - our health
care system.

    About 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
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 and/or 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' at
www.homecareontario.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Susan D. VanderBent, Executive Director, Phone:
(905) 543-9474, Email: suevan@homecareontario.ca

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