Home Care Ontario has a 30+ year history
Established in 1987, Home Care Ontario is a member-based association with a mandate to promote growth and development of the home care sector through advocacy, knowledge transfer, and member service. Home Care Ontario members include those engaged in and/or supportive of home-based health care, many of whom have been doing so for over 50 years.
Responsibilities of Home Care Organizations
In Ontario, service provider organizations are responsible for providing nursing care, home support services, personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics, speech language therapy and medical equipment and supplies in the home to individuals of all ages. An estimated 54 million hours of publicly and privately purchased home care service is provided annually across the province.
Home Care Ontario endorses:
- the principles of the Canada Health Act and the Canadian health care system which delivers a range of essential health care services available to all residents of Canada on the basis of need, not ability to pay.
- Ontario's goal - "to make Ontario the healthiest place in North America to grow up and grow old." (Ontario’s Health Action Plan, MOHLTC 2012)
- and advocates for, the funding and resourcing of a strong publicly funded home care delivery system in Ontario made available through public administration and delivered by the private sector. In this system, individual home care service plans are determined by the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and delivered by the service provider organizations chosen by the LHIN.
- the contribution of home care service provision that is currently available in addition to the publicly funded and publicly administered home care system. Currently, in Ontario, all home health care providers offer home care service beyond the levels provided through the publicly-funded and publicly-administered system in order to respond to the growing needs of individual Ontarians.
- and believes that all home health care service providers must be held equally accountable to deliver the highest standard of care in the home.