MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Home Care
Association (CHCA) congratulates the Parliamentary Committee on
Palliative and Compassionate Care for its work on improving palliative
care, family caregiver support, elder abuse and suicide prevention.
The Committee's report, Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians, released today, provides a comprehensive set of recommendations that
transcend individual party platforms and addresses meaningful
improvements for all Canadians. The report captures the need for accessible, responsive home care and community supports to enable people
to stay in their homes with safety, dignity and quality of life; as
well as the importance of recognizing the role of family caregivers.
"Canadians want our governments to address these critical issues," said
Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director CHCA. "The federal government
can provide vital leadership by raising awareness of compassionate,
end-of-life and palliative care issues and by drawing attention to the
needs of both care receivers and caregivers."
As the national voice of home care, the CHCA is pleased to see
recommendations that strengthen care at home and provide relief to
family caregivers who play a vital role in caring for family and / or
friends with a disability, illness or who are at end of life. The
CHCA supports the Committee's recommendations and reiterates the need
Agree on a set of harmonized principles for home care in order to ensure
equitable access to home care services across Canada.
Develop a Family Caregiver Strategy for Canada so that all levels of
government can work on addressing the key components of need - respite,
education, financial assistance, employment assistance and research.
Enhance awareness of the tools, resources and supports that are
available to Canadians through dissemination strategies.
Target technology investments to address the fragmentation and improve
the quality of care and collaboration in order to achieve truly
The CHCA commits to working with all stakeholders to realizing the
improvements envisioned in by the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative
and Compassionate Care.
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:
Marg McAlister, Director Policy and Research
Ph: 905 361-3277