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Ending hallway medicine with home care-Letter to Editor-Toronto Star

by Home Care Ontario | Nov 23, 2018
Ending hallway medicine with home care-Letter to Editor-Toronto Star

November 19, 2018

Home Care Ontario reviewed the article on Health Quality Ontario’s annual report (System under strain - November 16th) with interest as an enhanced home care sector is a key part of transforming Ontario’s health care system and addressing the challenges the HQO report lays out including hospital overcrowding, caregiver burnout, and improved palliative care.

For too long, we have viewed the health system in silos – acute care, long-term care and home care. The reality is we are part of the same continuum of care and addressing the root causes of overcrowded hospitals, caregiver burnout and palliative care issues start with a stronger foundation of home and community care.

Such a system could help prevent hospital admissions to the hospital in the first place, which happen when our loved ones are shouldering too great a burden, give out and eventually give up, or when patients are not given enough support to recover, remain, and pass away at home. And for those in the hospital, it could help ensure a smooth and timely discharge for patients to get back home quickly, freeing up hospital beds. This would also ensure patients return home faster, with the proper supports to reduce readmission.

By more effectively using home care, we can ensure more patients are treated and end their lives at home where they want to be,  and also reduce pressures in hospital leading to a stronger system overall.

For additional information:
Sue VanderBent, CEO
905-543-9474

Sue.vanderbent@homecareontario.ca

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, social work, dietetics, speech language therapy and medical equipment and supplies in the home to individuals of all ages. An estimated 58 million hours of publicly and privately purchased home care service is provided annually across the province.

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