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Building a National Action Plan for Better Home Care in Canada

Ottawa, May 25, 2016 — The Pan-Canadian consultations to develop a National Action Plan for Better Home Care in Canada (the plan) began in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 5. The goal of the work underway is to enhance the delivery of home care services to meet the changing health needs of Canadians and respond to advances in health technology. The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are leading the consultations to develop the plan.

At the May 5 consultation in Halifax, 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 to look for ways to improve and coordinate home care services to meet the needs of individuals who prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible.

“Home care is a priority to help Canadians live in their homes as long as possible with the dignity and independence they desire, while ensuring that our hospitals and long-term care facilities are accessible for those who need them most,” said Francine Lemire, executive director and CEO of CFPC. “A coordinated, well-resourced, pan-Canadian plan to enrich home care is required to accommodate the changing care requirements of Canada’s aging population.”

“The action plan will include practical solutions and proposed actions to make home care more available and accessible, and achieve better health outcomes and quality of care,” added Anne Sutherland Boal, CEO of CNA. “The timing is perfect to provide recommendations to support enhanced home care services for inclusion in the federal government’s new multi-year health accord to be negotiated with the provinces and territories.”

“By sharing best practices and building on frontline experience, the Halifax consultation participants identified a number of well-defined actions, clear direction and achievable goals to support more and better home care,” observed Nadine Henningsen, CHCA executive director. “This rich dialogue will form the basis of our next consultation planned for Ottawa on June 8.”

In the coming months, CHCA, CNA and CFPC will consult home care providers, administrators and clinicians, in addition to patients across the country, on how the federal government can ensure that home is one of the best places to recover from an illness or injury, manage long-term conditions and live out final days.

The Better Home Care Action Plan will be shared with governments, policy-makers and stakeholders across the country.

About the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA)
CHCA is a national not-for-profit membership association representing home care stakeholders from governments (federal, provincial and territorial), health authorities, publicly-funded home care programs, service providers, medical and technology companies, researchers and others with an interest in home care. CHCA advances excellence in home care and continuing care through leadership, awareness, advocacy and knowledge.

About the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
Representing nearly 139,000 registered nurses in Canada, CNA is a powerful unified voice for Canada’s registered nurses. CNA represents registered nurses from provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges, independent registered nurse members and retired registered nurses from across the country. The organization advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly-funded, not-for-profit health system.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. The organization is responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. CFPC provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.

For more information, please contact:

Jayne Johnston
Director of Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Tel.: 905-629-0900, ext. 303
E-mail: jjn@cfpc.ca

Lisa Benedet
Government Advocacy Lead
Canadian Home Care Association
Tel.: 905-567-7373
E-mail: lbenedet@cdnhomecare.ca

Kevin Ménard
Communications Advisor, Public Affairs and Member Engagement
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel.: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
E-mail: kmenard@cna-aiic.ca