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Better Home Care Action Plan

Better Home Care: A National Action Plan

The Better Home Care: A National Action Plan provides specific actions for governments, health care providers, patients, and carers to achieve more and better home care. 

The action plan was developed through a national consultative process lead by the Canadian Home Care Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  It reflects the experience and expertise of patients, government representatives, health care administrators, family doctors, nurses and home care providers from across Canada.  The well-defined actions and achievable goals will guide the home care discussions in the new Health Accord and set a clear plan for how patients can access the care and supports they need outside of the hospital.

Recognizing the federal government’s commitment of $3 billion for home care, the plan includes the following immediate actions: 

  1. Build capacity in the home care sector to identify and adopt best practices of integrated models of care. 
  2. Issue a proclamation recognizing the diversity, role, and value of carers on National Carer Day (Tuesday April 4, 2017).
  3. Increase Canadians’ understanding of the importance of documenting their wishes for end-of-life care and support ways to ensure these wishes are reflected in service provision. 

For the new Health Accord, the actions in the plan will be enhanced to address the priorities identified by governments, including mental health and home care, access to prescription medication to support home care, home care in Indigenous communities, and how innovative can impact care in the home. 

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