2022 Commitment to Action

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 federal government has laid out a strong foundation to build back better, to create a strong and resilient workforce, and ensure high quality home care is available for our most vulnerable populations. The federal priorities and funding commitements include:

  • Supporting seniors through $90 million investment in the Age Well at Home initiative announced in the 2021 federal budget
  • Addressing health human resources challenges in home care community care through the new Sectorial Workforce Solutions Program and commitment of $960 million over three years.
  • Advancing a palliative care frameowork in Canada (including home-based palliatie care) supported by $29.8 million federal investment.
  • Enhancing home care services across the country through the targeted funding for provinces and territories ($6 B) and agreements on shared health priorities.

As the country begins the process to build back better, we must create a sustainable publicly funded system for long-term health and supporting care so that vulnerable individuals have choices in the where they want to age and live. The CHCA is working with the federal government to advance the following key priority areas:

Support Seniors

Recognize and empower caregivers to support their loved-ones at home

Identify and spread in home-based long-term care best practices in home-based long-term care

Accelerate the use of virtual home care solutions

Invest in People

Promote skills development and access to online micro training

Build workforce resiliency through emotional intelligence

Expand Home-Based Palliative Care

Increase palliative care training and education  for health care providers and caregivers

Provide tools for caregivers  to deal with palliative care emergencies in the home

Promote innovative ways to build capacity, share experience and address common challenges

Increase Access to Better Home Care

Hold jurisdictions accountable for the targeted $6 B in home care investments

Support the collection and reporting of  National Home Care Indicators

Recognize home care as an essential part of a long-term care strategy

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