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Seniors' Care

As Canada’s population ages, the CFNU is working to propose solutions to public home care services, that would improve quality and safety.

Home care in Canada is overloaded and lacks important measures to ensure that safe, high-quality care is provided. Clients and caregivers are struggling to deal with long wait times and a patchwork of services, and are at risk of both physical and psychological injury. Health care providers lack the protections and standards present in more traditional work environments.

With new federal funding for home care on its way, now is the time to commit to improving home care. The CFNU is advocating for a safe‑at‑home policy and nurse‑led home care to address the risks patients and nurses face every day.

The CFNU has partnered with Canadian experts to develop recommendations that promise to improve the quality of home care while ensuring savings through reduced morbidity.

The CFNU has delivered the following recommendations to Canadian ministers of health to improve home care standards:

  • A safe-at-home policy;
  • Seniors/patients’ appropriate and timely nursing assessments and interventions supported by the full health care team;
  • Managerial continuity of care provided by a primary nurse to ensure timely and seamless access to care providers; and
  • Education and support for all members of the team, including unpaid caregivers, and standard competencies for personal support workers/care aides.

The CFNU will continue to work with federal and provincial decision-makers to build a nurse-led home care system, guided by a safe-at-home policy that improves home care for patients and health care workers.

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