Home and Community Care

Putting Patients and Caregivers First

Expanding Training and Education Supports for Caregivers

Caring for someone at home and in the community often involves a circle of family, friends and others.

To better support and empower caregivers and patients, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will be expanding caregiver training and education programs in Ontario. These programs will help caregivers gain better access to information and resources, and also take better care of themselves and their loved ones.

Call for Applications - Caregiver Training and Education

The ministry is putting out a Call for Applications to support organizations in providing training and education to unpaid caregivers who provide care to friends or family members.

The successful applicants will be funded from September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2019. Funding may be adjusted before or after selecting successful programs, based on appropriate notice.

Application Deadline: April 21, 2017

As Ontario's population ages, home and community care is becoming especially important. Ontarians want and deserve a health care system that helps them live independently at home – where they want to be.

Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care is a three-year plan to transform home and community care. It outlines the path Ontario will follow to introduce greater consistency in care, a better understanding of the services available, more support for caregivers and, ultimately, better access to the right care for those who need it most.

It is informed by the work of the ministry's expert group on home and community care, led by Gail Donner, and its report, Bringing Care Home. The goals are to:

Strengthening home and community care is a fundamental part of Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care.

Related links:

Home and community care

Health Care Options

Integrated funding models

Guidelines for home and community care service providers

Assess & Restore approach to care

Community Care Access Centres and Client Services Policy Manual

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