MAY 2, 2021 – Home Care Ontario CEO Sue VanderBent issued the following statement following the release of Ontario’s Independent Long-Term Care Commission report:
“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Long-Term Care (LTC) residents and their families was horrific and nothing short of a tragedy. We welcome the report as an important step in addressing its causes and strengthening Ontario’s LTC sector.
The report, however, highlights that now is the time to transform seniors’ care. We hope its release sparks a discussion on how to move forward with a renewed model of care that emphasizes the choice for Ontarians to age with dignity, and independence for as long as possible at home, where they want to be.
Ontario’s home care system already delivers more care to our seniors than any other part of the health care system, with over 35,000 professional home care workers, delivering care to approximately 440,000 seniors every year. The pandemic has made it more important than ever that seniors have the option to stay in their homes and communities where they are safe.
Given the right tools, Ontario’s home care system can do even more to support our seniors by providing the appropriate levels of care at home needed to maintain independence. While it is important that the government continue to take steps to invest in our LTC system, it must not stop there, as investing more into home care is absolutely critical to improving care for all seniors across the province.
Ontarians are counting on the government to help them age with independence, and in a safe and dignified way. Providing them with more safe, reliable home care is key to that goal and it is imperative the province heed this moment to transform seniors’ care in Ontario by building a system that puts home care at the centre. Our seniors deserve nothing less.”
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About Home Care Ontario
Home Care Ontario, the voice of home care in OntarioTM, is a member‐based organization with a mandate to promote growth and development of the home care sector through advocacy, knowledge transfer, and member service. For over thirty years Home Care Ontario has promoted the growth and development of home care as a key pillar of Ontario’s health care system through advocacy, knowledge transfer, thought leadership, and member service.
In Ontario, service provider organizations are responsible for providing nursing care, home support services, personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, infusion pharmacy, social work, dietetics, speech language therapy and medical equipment and supplies in the home to individuals of all ages. An estimated 50 million hours of publicly and privately purchased home care service is provided annually across the province.