Association Highlights

In 2018/2019, Home Care Ontario:

  • Member of the Premiers Council Home and Community Care Working Group
  • Advocated for changes to the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (formerly Bill 148, Bill 47 and now Making Ontario Open for Business Act) with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Small Business, including the issuance of:
    • Service Provider-PSW Referral: Overall Impacts to Scheduling and Ontarians Receiving Home Care
    •  A refreshed report prepared by KPMG regarding the increase in costs to LHIN contracts was submitted to MOHLTC and MOL by OCSA and Home Care Ontario; received confirmation from government that the costs identified in the report would be reimbursed
  • Successfully advocated to the new PC government for the for elimination of the PSS Agency
  • Established Tripartite Committee with OCSA and OHA to work collaboratively as there is a common responsibility to the patient as they move through the health care system.
  • Queen’s Park Lobby Day for members and MPPs, hosted over 50 MPPs and staff at breakfast with meetings with 14 MPPs and their staff during the day
  • Advocated for the private purchase of home care services through association members and met with provincial associations, CARP and MPPs to educate on the importance of directing consumers to reputable Home Care Providers. Also met with Ministry of Finance to advocate for a caregiver tax credit and the importance of hiring trained and qualified caregivers from reputable provider in order to impede the underground economy in home care
  • Member of the PSW Registry External Advisory Group
  • Successfully launched a Public Relations Campaign – More Home Care for Me and You including:
  • a White Paper Preparing Ontario’s Home Care System for the Challenges of Tomorrow
  • 35 Media Interviews, covering over 120 outlets
  • Facebook Page with 1,805 followers, 940,154 Ad Reach and 33,992 Post Engagements
  • Over 4,345 Letters sent to MPPs and candidates
  • Launched a second additional Public Relations Campaign: ‘Bring Health Care Out of the Hallway and into the Home to draw attention to home care as the solution to ending hallway health care in Ontario. The End Hallway Health Care campaign calls for putting home care at the centre of the health care system to take the pressure off our overcrowded hospitals while providing more patients and their families with the professional care they need in their own home.
  • Partnered with OCSA with funding from the MOHLTC to create a PSW Recruitment Campaign:Work for Life The campaign focus is to attract and recruit new staff to the sector.
  • Digital and newspaper advertising viewed over 2 million views
  • Facebook and Instagram presence
  • Outreach to targeted community colleges and high schools
  • Radio ads in 11 cities across Ontario reaching 717,000 listeners
  • Attended career fairs in 9 cities and hosted 1 in Hamilton
  • Participated in Health System Capacity and Innovation Symposium
  • Coordinated a successful election candidate campaign to advocate for sound home care public policies to all three parties.
  • Supported Home Care Ontario members during the transfer of School Health Support Services from the MOHLTC/LHINs to the MCYS (now MCCSS)/CTCs.Established a working relationship with Empowered Kids Ontario (EKO) in order to have open communications and to represent members concerns.
  • PreBudget Submission – Delivering More Care at Home: Strengthening Ontario’s Home Care System to End Hallway Medicine and Deliver Better Care for Patients
    • Presented submission to a community consultation hosted by Doug Downey, Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance
    • Presented submission the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
  • Provided vital statistical and qualitative information about home care in Ontario to support organizational intelligence.
  • Participated in HQO Transformation Day
  • Provided public comment on policy and legislation impacting home care through media releases, responding to media queries, position statements, presentations and review of documents.
  • Represented members at political events, consultations and conferences and maintained regular contact with key MPPs of all parties to inform about the importance of publicly funded and privately purchased home care in Ontario.
  • Educated the public and other stakeholders about the role and value of the Association members through briefing notes, position statements, media releases; our website; Twitter, LinkedIn; and electronic newsletter – House Calls.
  • Provided summary and analysis of provincial budget, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 41/Bill 47) and other government legislation and actions, LHIN funding decisions, political activities, Ontario PC Platform
  • Presented the home care perspective to government through briefing notes and in person presentations on policy changes and province-wide issues such as: the annual budget, Ministry of Labour Changing Workplace Review, Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 41), the Special Needs Strategy, Patients First Strategy and Patients First Act, 2016.
  • Advocated for the unique role of the Home Care Provider.
  • Provided leadership by supporting the work of Health Quality Ontario including the analysis of the home care sector and attending Health Transformation event.
  • Represented sector on MOHLTC Drug Stakeholder updates, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).
  • Provided support and guidance on several research initiatives specific to home care.
  • Hosted member webcasts to provide information and education Bill 148/Patients First updates, human resource issues, leading practices, accreditation and research in home care.
  • Monitored and supported national and provincial research relevant to home care.
  • Worked with the Home Care Ontario-OCSA Nursing Practice Council to ensure home care response to issues and representation on nursing initiatives.
  • Worked with the Home Care Ontario Therapy & Rehabilitation Practice Council to advance the practice of therapy within the home care sector.
  • Maintained relationships with cross-sectoral partners including LHINs, and provincial associations such as OCFP, OHA, CHCA, OCSA, OPSWA, PSNO, OMA, ORCA, OLTCA, AdvantAge (OANHSS)
  • Hosted our 12th Annual Symposium, Home Care Transformation: The Possibilities!

 

… and much more! 

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