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