Home care is in the spotlight as economics, aging and consumerism push care closer to home. A timely new report from the Health Council of Canada showcases a range of examples, from across Canada and internationally, of promising approaches in home care. I agree we need to broaden the reach of these positive advances, shifting from pockets of innovation to more mainstream implementation. At the same time, we must use the opportunities for care in the home to help the entire system leap forward by optimizing the strengths of individuals, families and communities.
To achieve this vision we need to deeply understand the health and life circumstances of individual seniors and their caregivers. Only then can we offer choices that best suit their needs, preferences and environment. Seniors and family caregivers will take centre stage, while we step back to provide the props and backdrops.