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Harmonised Principles for Home Care in Canada

Name: Harmonised Principles for Home Care

Identifier: Not Applicable

Issuing Organisation: Canadian Home Care Association

Country: International

Language: English

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Availability: Free to Access

Type: Principles

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Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Communication and Information  Engagement, Inclusion and Citizenship  Health and Wellbeing  Housing and Care Facilities 

Intended Audiences: Older People, Carers, Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies


Adoption of the Harmonised Principles for Home Care provides a foundation for the identification of national standards and indicators for home care and sharing of promising practices. The Harmonised Principles for Home Care serve as a foundation for transformation and result in:

  • better care through proactive, integrated approaches to health and wellness;
  • better outcomes through improved quality, efficiency and effectiveness;
  • and better value for home care investment.

Developed through extensive consultations with over 350 stakeholders from government, administrators and providers, the Harmonized Principles articulate the fundamentals of home care in Canada without prescribing how services are funded, administered or delivered. Broadly endorsed by governments and home care stakeholders, the principles provide a policy and program framework to support consistent, high quality home care within and across jurisdictions.

The Harmonized Principles for Home Care reinforce quality standards identified through national accreditation bodies. The principles align with Accreditation Canada’s Qmentum program which is designed to promote quality and safety, and CARF Canada’s aging services standards.

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing: Medium

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: Not known


Regarding sustainable care, patients whose needs can be reasonably met in the home will receive the services and support to do so. This among others, will include developing strategic procurement approaches to evaluate and adopt innovation and new technology.


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