CHCA Welcomes Health Council's Report

    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)
congratulates the Health Council of Canada on the release of their report
"Rekindling Reform, Health Care Renewal in Canada, 2003-2008". The 2003 accord
was a catalyst for change in home care and progress has been made. CHCA will
release, later this month, an update to its "Portraits of Home Care",
detailing home care programs and services in each province, territory and
federal program. CHCA concurs with the Council that more needs to be done to
ensure that all Canadians are able to remain at home for as long as possible.
    "Our approach to health and wellness will continue to shift to the home
and community setting", stated Alice Mah Wren, President CHCA. "Because
Canadians want care closer to home, the health policies we develop, the people
we recruit and train, and the support systems we build now, need to prepare
for a community based health care landscape for tomorrow".
    The Health Council's emphasis on the value and benefits of implementing
technology was mirrored by home care stakeholders across Canada through the
CHCA's consultations on technology in home care over the past year. The CHCA's
final report on Information Communication Technology will be released on June
11th. "Technology must support the evolution of community based health care
that includes both home care and primary care", said Nadine Henningsen,
Executive Director CHCA. "The electronic health record provides real
opportunities to increase efficiency of information exchange across the entire
health care system; improve the quality and coordination of care; and improve
the capacity to support individuals to remain independent at home wherever
that may be."
    Over the past decade home care has been a critical part of health care
reform. Home care is a vital component of our health system and through
effective integration with other sectors contributes to improved seamless
care. Canadians want choice - to recover from surgery in their own homes; to
live independently as they age at home; to remain in their homes during the
final stages of life, surrounded by family and friends. The CHCA urges all
governments to continue building a strong and well resourced home care system
for all Canadians regardless of where they live.

    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 which 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: Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, Canadian
Home Care Association, (613) 569-1585,

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