Recently, the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC) released a white paper called Making Way for Change: Transforming Home and Community Care for Ontarians. Grounded in evidence and built on the premise that home and community care reform is essential to health care transformation, the paper outlines four practical recommendations for positive change that build on our sector’s ability to increase access, quality, and value for money.
Across the health care system, many of us are grappling with how to best meet the diverse and evolving needs of our aging population. With 700,000 patients last year, CCACs are caring for 101 per cent more people than in 2003/2004, many of whom (73% more than in 2009-2010) have increasingly complex care needs. To ensure a truly flexible and sustainable home and community care system, Ontario needs home care that is more responsive to patients’ needs and choices, provides more streamlined access, ensures optimal value, and enables the rapid, system-wide adoption of innovative best practices.
The recommendations in Making Way for Change call for action in four areas:
– Create flexible, adaptable home-care service models that recognize and respond to the unique needs of patients;
– Stabilize sector funding to ensure more equitable, evidence-based and predictable funding decisions that support better patient care;
– Strengthen province-wide and regional health system capacity planning and ensure that future home and community care needs are built into long-term planning; and
– Introduce a modern, patient-centred legislative framework for home and community care.
CCACs are committed, together with our partners, to building more accessible, responsive, and sustainable home and community care – and I know my team in Central West is eager to contribute to this critical work. Please click here for more information, and to review the full report. I welcome your comments!