A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care
On May 13, 2015, Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced the government's plan for strengthening home and community care and addressing the recommendations of the Expert Group on Home and Community Care. The Minister indicates that the roadmap is "the first phase of our plan to remake the home and community care sector" over the next three years. The plan includes the following goals for strengthening home and community care:
- Put clients and caregivers first
- Improve the client and caregiver experiences
- Drive greater quality, consistency and transparency
- Plan for and expand capacity, and
- Modernize delivery
The plan includes 10 steps toward "achieving higher quality, more consistent and better integrated home and community care," and clear timelines to achieve the above goals.
1. Develop a statement of home and community care values to guide transformation of home and community care
· Read the South West CCAC Declaration of Patient Values here.
2. Create a levels of care framework to ensure services and assessments are consistent across the province
3. Increase funding for home and community care by five per cent each year ($750 million over three years)
4. Move forward with bundled care, in which a group of providers will be given a single payment to cover all the care needs of an individual patient
5. Offer self-directed care, giving clients and their caregivers funds to hire their own provider or purchase services
6. Expand caregiver supports to ensure caregivers have better resources to care for their loved ones and themselves
7. Enhanced support for personal support workers by continuing to move forward on increasing the PSW hourly base wage, and create more permanent employment opportunities
8. More nursing services by increasing the maximum number of nursing visits a patient care receive, allowing CCACs to exceed nursing service maximums (subject to regulation changes)
9. Provide greater choice for palliative and end-of-life care by expanding access and equity, establishing clear oversight and accountability and enhancing public education.
· Learn more about the South West Hospice Palliative Care Network
10. Develop a capacity plan that includes targets for local communities and standards for access to home and community care
To learn more about the Patients First Action Plan, click here.