Federal Election 2021: Informing the Conversation

This federal election provides an opportunity for all political parties to show their commitment to providing choice for seniors and vulnerable Canadians.

As the country begins the process to build back better, and our federal political parties shape their strategies for the future, it is important to learn from the global pandemic. Canada must create a sustainable publicly funded system for long-term health and supporting care so that vulnerable seniors have choices in the where they want to age and live.

COVID-19 has clearly shown that home, not a hospital or long-term care facility, is the safest and preferred setting of care for seniors living with a frailty, individuals with chronic conditions and those at end-of-life.

The Canadian Home Care Association is urging all federal political parties to commit to these four policy priorities:

  • Develop labour market partnerships with home care provider organization to develop solutions to labour force imbalances, such as persistent workforce shortages, and skills gaps.
  • Support healthy and safe workplaces by facilitating access to personal protective equipment for all home care providers, supporting infection control training, and easy access to testing and vaccinations.
  • Commit to leading a coordinated human resource plan for long-term care services (home and facility-based care) in partnership with provinces and territories.
  • Require jurisdictions to be accountable for the targeted federal home care investments (2017 funding commitment of $6 billion for home care has not been reflected in the provincial/territorial budgets.)
  • Support the collection and dissemination of the National Home Care Indicators and help home care providers (government and private) to collect and report data.
  • Create National Principle-Based Standards for Long-Term Care (home and facility-based services).
  • Recognize and incent employers to adopt caregiver friendly policies and programs.
  • Establish legislation defining the essential role and rights of caregivers in our health and social care system.
  • Facilitate update of financial and educational resources.
  • Identify, spread and scale best practices in home-based long-term care.
  • Support use of virtual care in the home and community setting through targeted programs to test, apply, evaluate and spread new models.

TOOLS AND RESOURCES

2021 Federal Budget Submission- RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY: Making Care at Home a Priority for Seniors

As Canada begins the process to build back better, to learn from the global pandemic we must create a long-term care system (both home and facility-based) that provides Canadians with the choice to receive services when they want it and where the best health outcomes are possible.

  • Fast-track funding for long-term care at home
  • Create conditions for a sustainable workforce
  • Advance a national caregiver strategy

Download the 2021 Federal Budget Submission

Informing the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias

The CHCA conducted online surveys throughout January 2018, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, targeting home care service providers and carers. The objective of the surveys was to gain a better understanding of what is needed to make home care better for people living with dementia and support their caregivers who play such a vital role. This report summarizes the feedback from the surveys and has been used to inform the federal government in its advancement of Bill C-233, an Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Download the report

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