MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Home Care
Association congratulations Dr. Réjean Hébert, Minister of Health and
Social Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors, and the Quebec
government on their actions to ensure independence for seniors. The
tabling of Bill 67 to the National Assembly is a major step in ensuring
choice for seniors who require supports to live independently in their
own homes. This legislative milestone, in addition to targeted
funding for home care services, set a strong foundation to enable the
shifting of health care from an episodic acute care to proactive
long-term care; a shift that is necessary to meet the needs of our
According to Portraits of Home Care in Canada, released earlier this
year by the CHCA, the number of individuals receiving home care has
increased by 55% over the past 5 years. Of the 1.4 million Canadians
who received home care in 2011, 800,000 were seniors (individuals 65
years of age and over), which equates to one in every six seniors.
"All jurisdictions across Canada identified the impact of our aging
population as a major challenge to the home care sector, and the health
care system," stated Jill Robbins, President CHCA. " Home care
supports seniors to live safely and independently in their own homes
and plays a key role in aging in place strategies, in reducing hospital
readmissions and repeat emergency department visits, in managing
chronic diseases and in ensuring quality end-of-life care."
"We are pleased to see the inclusion of respite services for family
caregivers in Bill 67," said Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director,
Canadian Home Care Association and President, Canadian Caregiver
Coalition. "Caregivers are the backbone of our health care system,
often providing more than 80% of care needed by individuals with
long-term care needs."
Through the introduction of Bill 67, the Quebec government has
recognized and reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the vital role
of home care within our health care system.
Canadians expect a health and wellness system that will not only sustain
life and restore basic human function, but will support independence
and quality of health throughout their lives. Home care plays a
critical role in meeting this need.
Health care is shifting to proactive, long-term chronic care management
in the home and community. Home care is an essential part of this
Governments and health care consumers expect quality, efficiency and
value for their health care investment. Home care is a cost-effective
alternative to facility-based care.
The Canadian Home Care Association welcomes the opportunity to work with
the Quebec government and all stakeholders to build an integrated
health care system that provides accessible, responsive services that
enable people to safely stay in their homes with dignity, independence
and quality of life.
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 to enable
people to safely stay in their homes with dignity, independence, and
quality of life. The CHCA, as the national voice of home care, promotes
excellence through leadership, advocacy, awareness and knowledge. For
more information, visit the CHCA website at www.cdnhomecare.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Home Care Association
For further information:
Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, Canadian Home Care Association