Home care is a priority for Canadians—for policymakers, funders, health care providers, patients and their caregivers. Over the past ten years, the home care sector has undergone tremendous change. Provincial and territorial governments have made public commitments to enhance home care, but they need a coordinated and well-resourced plan to achieve transformational change and modernize home care.
As part of a new multi-year Health Accord, the federal government intends to work with provincial and territorial governments in their efforts to make home care more available. Better Home Care: A National Action Plan provides a clear direction and achievable goals to make this happen.
The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) partnered to spearhead the Action Plan. This collaborative was formed to identify what actions were needed to modernize our health care system and reflect the Canadian demand for care—palliative and otherwise—as close to home as possible.
Consultations included invitational policy roundtables, surveys and calls for innovation. The lead partners used the findings to guide the development of the Action Plan. The actions will address identified home care priorities and built on promising practices that have shown positive results and outcomes. Better Home Care: A National Action Plan includes practical and adaptable solutions and proposed actions and outcomes to strengthen home care as an integral part of our publicly-funded universal health care system.
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