Canadian Healthcare Association

Canadian Healthcare Association

April 07, 2009 07:00 ET

CHA Celebrates World Health Day With Release of Home Care in Canada: From the Margins to the Mainstream

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - The Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) is pleased to mark World Health Day with today's release of a landmark policy brief, Home Care in Canada: From the Margins to the Mainstream.

Home care is a key part of our health system and has the potential to affect all Canadians. CHA's brief surveys the home care landscape across Canada and internationally, celebrating successes and highlighting areas where improvement is still needed.

Highlights from Home Care in Canada: From the Margins to the Mainstream include:

- Home care is a critical component of the health care continuum. Financial pressures on limited system resources means that care is shifting to community settings. Many people prefer to be cared for at home and technological advances make it possible.

- Home care requires attention from health leaders and policy-makers. Both long-term home care focused on prevention and maintenance, and short term post-acute home care, deserve to be placed higher on the policy agenda.

- National and international studies indicate that targeted, integrated home care will improve efficiency in the health system over the long term.

- Federal legislation is needed to address the issue of standards, coverage and access to home care on a pan-Canadian basis.

- Health human resource issues in home care must be addressed. The sector requires a stable workforce comprised of caregivers that are skilled, dedicated and have experience suited to home care.

- One in four Canadians is an unpaid caregiver. Often family members, these volunteers require and deserve more support and recognition.

Home care is part of the solution to the core challenges facing our health system such as wait times, financial pressures, and bed shortages. Governments need to place home care higher on their priority list and dedicate appropriate resources. Pan-Canadian standards must be established in order to guide this resource allocation.

"Home care is a pan-Canadian challenge that requires immediate attention," said CHA President and CEO Pamela C. Fralick. "Home care is an important component of a renewed and effective health system. Leadership from all governments is needed now to deliver successful home care programs to all Canadians."

Home Care in Canada: From the Margins to the Mainstream can be downloaded at no charge from the Canadian Healthcare Association's website, www.cha.ca.

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Advancing healthcare for Canadians

The Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA) is the federation of provincial and territorial hospital and health organizations committed to preserving and strengthening Canada's health system.

Through its members, CHA represents a broad continuum of services provided through regional health authorities, hospitals, facilities and agencies that are governed by trustees who act in the public interest.

CHA is a leader in developing, and advocating for, health policy solutions that meet the needs of Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Healthcare Association
    Teresa Neuman
    Communications Specialist
    613-241-8005, ext. 205
    613-282-6003 (Cell.)
    tneuman@cha.ca