Safety at Home: A Pan Canadian Home Care Study – Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement – 26 June 2013

Posted on September 4, 2013. Filed under: Patient Safety | Tags: , , , |

Safety at Home: A Pan Canadian Home Care Study – Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement – 26 June 2013

“One out of every six seniors receives home care services in Canada. As the aging population continues to grow there is a greater need to ensure the delivery of Home Care in Canada is safe.

The release today of The Safety at Home: A Pan Canadian Home Care Study is the first of its kind that examines adverse events in the home and includes recommendations on how to make care safer.

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) partnered with other sponsoring organizations for the study including, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institutes of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), The Change Foundation, and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI). The study examined the reasons for harmful incidents, determined the impact on families and clients and made suggestions on how to make home care safer.”

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Portraits of home care in Canada 2013 – Canadian Home Care Association – 4 April 2013

Posted on April 5, 2013. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: , , |

Portraits of home care in Canada 2013 – Canadian Home Care Association – 4 April 2013

“As governments shift from episodic acute care to long-term chronic care, Portraits 2013 provides critical information to support the role of home care within this transformation. A valuable tool for health policy planners, researchers, administrators and service providers, it provides a straightforward source of essential home care facts and figures on:

· Home care legislation, evolution and priorities
· Access, eligibility and utilization
· Funding trends and delivery models
· Indicators, quality, research and technology
· Human resources and family caregivers
· Initiatives and challenges

Portraits 2013 is the third edition of the Portraits of Home Care in Canada series, which includes publications in 2003 and 2008. This edition builds on the previous ones to expand our picture of home care, with more comprehensive data and new information on service delivery models, quality and accountability, and the impact of technology on home care across Canada. Information sources for Portraits 2013 include key informants from provincial, territorial and federal governments, and published reports. It is not a research paper and intentionally does not contain recommendations to support any particular advocacy agenda.”

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Home care across Europe. Current structure and future challenges – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – 2012

Posted on January 25, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Home care across Europe. Current structure and future challenges – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – 2012

Edited by Nadine Genet, Wienke Boerma, Madelon Kroneman, Allen Hutchinson and Richard Saltman
Observatory Studies Series 27
2012, xiii + 145 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 0288 2

“For every person over the age of 65 in today’s European Union, there are four people of working age but, by 2050, there will only be two. Demand for long-term care, of which home care forms a significant part, will inevitably increase in the decades to come.

Despite the importance of the issue, however, up-to-date and comparative information on home care in Europe is lacking. This book attempts to fill some of that gap by examining current European policy on home care services and strategies.

Home care across Europe probes a wide range of topics including the links between social services and health-care systems, the prevailing funding mechanisms, how service providers are paid, the impact of governmental regulation, and the complex roles played by informal caregivers. Drawing on a set of Europe-wide case studies (available in a second, online volume), the study provides comparable descriptive information on many aspects of the organization, financing and provision of home care across the continent. It is a text that will help frame the coming debate about how best to serve elderly citizens as European populations age.”

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Care at Home: Older people’s experiences of domiciliary care – Patient and Client Council [Ireland] – June 2012

Posted on June 13, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: , |

Care at Home: Older people’s experiences of domiciliary care – Patient and Client Council [Ireland] – June 2012

Extract from the executive summary

“The purpose of this report is to record the experiences of older people receiving a domiciliary care service as well as the views of carers. The report provides a timely illustration of older people’s perspectives on domiciliary care, within the context of the review of health and social care currently being undertaken in Northern Ireland and the existing debate around care provision for a rapidly ageing population.

A total of 1161 people took part in this process; 700 people completed a questionnaire outlining their experiences of receiving domiciliary care, 38 people in receipt of an intensive home care service took part in an interview, 170 people participated in small discussion groups and 253 members of the public filled out a short questionnaire.

Through this combined approach of quantitative and qualitative methods, including one-to-one interviews with older people and their carers, this report expands on themes indentified by service users in previous surveys, as well as providing fresh insight into home care services and a deeper understanding of older people’s experience of domiciliary care.”

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Home and Community Care in Canada: An Economic Footprint – Conference Board of Canada – May 2012

Posted on May 28, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Community Services, Health Economics | Tags: , |

Home and Community Care in Canada: An Economic Footprint – Conference Board of Canada – May 2012

Report by Gregory Hermus, Carole Stonebridge, Louis Theriault, Fares Bounajm

“This report estimates the economic footprint of home and community care in Canada, highlighting the implications of caregiving employees for businesses, and shedding light on the potential spending implications of shifting some care from institutions to homes.

Document Highlights

Demand for home and community care is expected to grow dramatically as the population ages. Planning for the future of the sector requires that its current economic footprint be understood.

Total estimated spending on home and community care in 2010 ranged from $8.9 billion to $10.5 billion, accounting for between 4.6 and 5.5 per cent of total health spending in Canada. Between 22 and 27 per cent was paid by private sources.

There are opportunities to address key health system challenges by substituting home and community care services for acute or long-term services.

The home and community care sector relies heavily on volunteer efforts and unpaid care, something that raises concerns about the sustainability of the sector going forward. The estimated cost to Canadian businesses was over $1.28 billion in 2007 in lost productivity as a result of caregivers missing full days of work, missing hours of work, or even quitting or losing their jobs.”

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Home Care Policy Lens [Canada] – 23 January 2012

Posted on January 27, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt | Tags: |

Home Care Policy Lens [Canada] – 23 January 2012

“Ms. Eve Adams, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Brampton South,…  today announced support to the Canadian Home Care Association for the development of a policy planning and evaluation tool, called the Home Care Policy Lens.

“The Home Care Policy Lens project will help achieve the Canadian Home Care Association’s vision of an integrated system that provides accessible, responsive services which enable people to safely stay in their homes with dignity and independence and quality of life” confirmed Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director, Canadian Home Care Association.

Delivered by the provinces and territories, home care programming provides an array of health and social services which enable clients with various health and functional limitations to live at home, rather than in a hospital or a long-term care facility.”  … continues on the site

More on this – Policy lens to focus integration of home care under development – 26 January 2012 CMAJ 

“In a bid to reduce confusion and disparities in the planning of home care policies across the country, the Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is drafting a national framework to outline the role of home care within the health care system.”

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