OSOT Responds to Proposed Levels of Care Framework for Home and Community Care

Ontario is anticipating a transformation in home and community care. In Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, May 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care stated its commitment to deliver better coordinated and integrated care in the community and closer to home.

Home care spans a wide range of services for people of all ages, such as clinical interventions, rehabilitation, palliative and end-of-life care and supports for family caregivers. It is often linked with other essential community-based support services such as meal delivery, homemaking, friendly visits, and transportation services.

Levels of Care Framework
A key initiative of the Roadmap is to design a Levels of Care Framework which aims to ensure that Ontarians receive consistent high quality home and community care regardless of where they live. The framework will introduce common home and community care standards across the province so that patients and their families can be confident that they are receiving the best possible care at home or in the community.

In July the Ministry released a draft Levels of Care Framework Discussion Paper to engage discussion and inputs of stakeholders.  View OSOT’s response to the consultation on the proposed Framework.

Implications for Occupational Therapists
The proposed Levels of Care Framework speaks to high level direction. Lack of specificity and example make it difficult to comment with real perspective. This notwithstanding, OSOT identified several general points of feedback and specific comments on the proposed elements – the Levels of Care Framework, the Functional Support Tool, the development of Quality Standards, Home and Community Care Assessment Policy and Home and Community Indicators.

OSOT continues to advocate for a home and community care system that embraces a restorative, enabling approach to care, inclusive of attention to a patient’s abilities to do for themselves and engage in occupations that are meaningful to them for as long as possible in their home. This coupled, with attention to supports for caregivers, contributes to capacity building in the sector and truly client-focused system.

View OSOT’s response. Members’ feedback and inputs are always appreciated. Let us know what you think!