Canadian Home Care Association welcomes commitment to support innovation and families in the federal budget

MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) applauds the federal government for retaining its commitment to support innovation and families in today's federal budget.  These measures reflect the importance Canadians place on remaining independent at home for as long as possible.   Home care programs are vital to realizing that goal.

The home care sector makes an important contribution to Canada's health care system and to the health and wellbeing of Canadians.  Evidence has shown that the provision of services in the home and community can reduce wait times for acute hospital beds, effectively support frail and vulnerable seniors to remain independent and safe at home, proactively support individuals with chronic conditions and provide choices for end-of-life care.

Effective application of innovative technology can help to ensure that the health system is appropriately and efficiently used and improve the ability to measure, evaluate and manage health care.  Technology helps to improve care the at the point of delivery and the quality of life for seniors requiring home care and support for family caregivers.  There is an opportunity for the innovation investments announced today to assist family caregivers and practitioners in managing chronic conditions, accessing the health system and supporting communications across all members of the health team.

The CHCA welcomes the announcement in the budget of $3 million to support the development of new community integrated models of end-of-life and palliative care.  Recent Canadian and international research suggests that community-based services that are integrated and co-ordinated across the health care system can be a cost-effective way to maintain people's independence and that it can prevent admissions to hospitals and long-term care facilities.

"In shifting care to the community, we must ensure support for the demands we place on individual Canadians", said Nadine Henningsen, CHCA Executive Director.   Continued investment in community based care models that include home care and a National Caregiver Strategy are key to enabling the health system to realize the best value for Canadians. The family tax credits announced in today's budget are an important element of this strategy and reflect the commitment of the federal government to families.

The CHCA welcomes the opportunity to work with all parties and jurisdictions to continue the dialogue on the direction for the future of home care in Canada to which family caregivers are integral.

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:

Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director
Ph: 905 361-3277
Email: nhenningsen@cdnhomecare.ca
www.cdnhomecare.ca


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