Home Care Plan Announced

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The provincial government has revealed details of its changes to home and community care.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, minister of health and long-term care, says the initiatives, outlined in the Liberals’ 2015 budget, are designed to improve access to care so those who want to, can stay in their homes instead of a hospital or long-term care.

Hoskins says the plans are in response to recommendations made by an expert group on home and community care.

“We know that people who receive care in their homes – where they want to be – tend to heal faster because they are happier and more comfortable in a familiar setting,” he says. “Our new plan outlines the path we will follow together with patients, caregivers and providers to improve the care people receive no matter where they live across the province. ”

Highlights of the ten point plan include:

  • Funding for an additional 80,000 hours of nursing care
  • Expansion of supports for family caregivers
  • Giving clients and caregivers greater say in choosing a provider, and how and when that provider delivers services
  • Enhanced support for personal support workers
  • Providing greater choice for palliative and end-of-life care.

The full report, or road map, can be accessed by clicking here.