Report's focus on strengthening home care good news for patients
TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2019 /CNW/ - Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in OntarioTM, welcomes today's release of the first report from the Premier's Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine. The report underscores the need for changes to our health system which will be good news for patients and caregivers alike.
"We welcome today's report from the Premier's Council as an important step to ending hallway health care and improving Ontario's health care system," said Sue VanderBent, CEO, Home Care Ontario. "We are pleased to see the Council recognizes the key role that home care can play in ending hallway health care and delivering real results for patients."
Home Care Ontario believes that we can end hallway health care and hospital overcrowding in Ontario by making professional home care services more widely available for patients and their families. The Association fundamentally agrees with the Council's report where it states:
"Solving hallway health care will not just be a matter of adding more beds to the system. Increasing capacity in the community, staffing levels, training, and support will play an important role in building a high-functioning system that works for all Ontarians – including the ones who work in health care."
Delivering more care at home would help end hallway health care by keeping people out of emergency departments, getting people home sooner, and giving people more control over their care. By effectively using home care in this way, we can help end hallway health care and ultimately create a stronger health care system.
"Transforming Ontario's health care system to put home care at its centre will be essential to ensuring we can provide quality care for patients today and for decades to come," concluded VanderBent. "Home Care Ontario looks forward to working with the Premier's Council, and the government as it looks for ways to make this vision a reality."
SOURCE Ontario Home Care Association
For further information: Susan VanderBent, CEO, Home Care Ontario™, 905-543-9474, [email protected]