Established in 1990, the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is a national non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing excellence in home and community care.
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:
Invest in People
- Promote skills development and access to online micro training
- Build workforce resiliency through emotional intelligence
- Provide employers with innovative retention and capacity building strategies and tools
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
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