National health care collaborative releases
Better Home Care: A National Action Plan

(October 27, 2016, Vancouver, BC)

Three national health care organizations today released a comprehensive set of actions to enhance home care in Canada. The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) launched Better Home Care: A National Action Plan.

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan reflects the needs of patients and their carers and reinforces the philosophy that home, not a hospital or long-term care facility, is the best place to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions, and live out ones’ final days.

Recognizing the federal government’s $3 billion commitment to home care, the Better Home Care: A National Action Plan proposes the following immediate actions:

  • Accelerate the identification and adoption of integrated, community-based practices that address the needs of individuals with chronic complex needs, including end-of-life care.
  • Deliver a proclamation by the Prime Minister, recognizing the diversity, role, and value of carers on National Carer Day (Tuesday April 4, 2017).  
  • Launch a public awareness campaign to encourage Canadians to talk about and document their wishes for end-of-life care with their health care providers and significant others.

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan focuses on the belief that home not hospital or residential care, is one of the best places to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions and live out final days.

The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are working together to spearhead the project. Our goal is to recommend ways to enhance home care and respond to the changing health needs of Canadians and advances in health technology. Government representatives, health care administrators, family doctors, nurses, home care provider organizations and patients will provide their input into the Action Plan. The Action Plan will provide a solid foundation for federal, provincial and territorial governments as they begin discussions on home care in the new multi-year Health Accord.

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan will clearly show the way to:

  • Make home care more available and accessible
  • Achieve better health outcomes and quality of care
  • Improve the experiences of individuals receiving health care and support

IDEAS AND ACTIONS

Home care is a priority for Canadians.

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan captured the experiences and expertise of health care providers and patients through direct consultation, patient surveys and an open call for innovative ideas.  LEARN MORE 

CONSULTATIONS

HALIFAX

MAY 5, 2016

The Honourable Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness and Minister of Seniors for Nova Scotia, welcomed over 45 provincial government representatives, health care administrators, family doctors, nurses and community home care providers from across Canada. Minister Glavine reinforced the need for improvement and coordination of home care services for those who prefer to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Participants shared best practices and frontline experience to identify a number of well-defined actions, clear direction and achievable goals to support more and better home care. The rich dialogue will form the basis of our next consultation planned for Ottawa on June 8, 2016.   LEARN MORE

OTTAWA

JUNE 8, 2016

Participants at the June 8 consultation built on the themes identified in Halifax on May 5 and identified actions for the federal government, provincial/territorial governments and health care providers. Participants developed outcomes statements and milestones to track progress toward these actions.  LEARN MORE

WHITEHORSE

JULY 20, 2016

In response to the unique challenges in delivering home care in remote geographies, an invitational consultation with stakeholders from Yukon explored new and emerging delivery approaches and promising practices for the identified home care priorities.  LEARN MORE

CALGARY

July 26, 2016

To capture promising practices and expertise from western province stakeholders, a consultation was held in Calgary, Alberta to gain the input from policy planners, administrators, front line providers, doctors and nurses on the three home care priorities.

FOUNDATIONAL WORK

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan is based on a shared goal—to integrate health, support and care seamlessly through the Canadian Health Care continuum. The synergies and commonalities of three important reports form the foundation for the work. LEARN MORE

Health is Where the Home Is (CNA)

Harmonized Principles for Home Care (CHCA)

Patients Medical Home (CFPC)

A COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP

Working together to realize a shared goal—to integrate health, support and care seamlessly through the Canadian Health Care continuum.

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Media contact:
lbenedet@cdnhomecare.ca
905-567-7373

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Media contact:
KMenard@cna-aiic.ca
613-237-2159 x543

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Media contact:
jjn@cfpc.ca
905-629-0900 ext 303