CHCA releases Portraits of Home Care 2008

    OTTAWA, June 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Portraits of Home Care in Canada, 2008
confirms the importance of home care to health care restructuring, primary
health care, chronic disease management and the ability for Canadians to age
at home.
    The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) has completed its update of the
most comprehensive profile of home care in Canada. The 2008 Portraits of Home
Care in Canada reflects the incredible advancements that home care programs
have undergone in the past five years. The report identifies the current
challenges and documents the vision of home care in our future health care
system for every province, territory and federal program.
    "The vision of home care reflected by provinces, territories and
federally funded home care programs is one of respect and client independence,
accessible and flexible services, collaboration with health partners and
communities, effective resource utilization and embracing innovation in order
to continually challenge our approach to meeting the health care needs of
Canadians," said Nadine Henningsen, CHCA Executive Director.
    While the advances observed over the past five years since the release of
our last Portraits of Home Care in 2003 are encouraging, there are a number of
challenges to overcome and the CHCA urges governments to increase their
efforts to create a comprehensive, responsive home care program accessible to
all Canadians regardless of where they live. "We must prepare today for
tomorrow's health care needs," stated Alice Mah Wren, CHCA President, "by
building upon the momentum and advancements in the home care community sector
across Canada, governments can ensure an accessible, high quality health care
system for generations to come."

    About the CHCA

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Deb Argue, Canadian Home Care Association,
(613) 569-1585; For more information on the work of the Canadian Home Care
Association, and to order a copy of 2008 Portraits of Home Care in Canada,

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