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Research, papers and reports

​The OACCAC and other health-care organizations in Ontario undertake research and provide analysis on current and future issues in the home and community care sector. The research, papers and reports listed below promote excellence in delivery of home and community care as a critical part of high-functioning, sustainable health-care system, and recommend solutions for the key challenges facing the health-care system.


​OACCAC Pre-Budget Submission 2016

The OACCAC's 2016 pre-budget submission Right Care, Right Time, Right Price: Investing in Ontario's Home and Community Care Sector highlights key recommendations for targeting home and community care investment to ensure value for money and improved patient care. The recommendations align with the government's goals of creating a more integrated health care system and improving the consistency and quality of home and community care for patients and their families. The recommendations include cost-free proposals that can substantially improve how care is delivered at home and in the community.

Long-Term Care Home Placement: Improving Wait Times and Ensuring Smooth Transitions for Patients and Their Families

To help guide discussions and aid transformation, the OACCAC and CCACs have identified opportunities to help streamline and improve the placement process. We've outlined them in a discussion paper called Long-Term Care Home Placement: Improving Wait Times and Ensuring Smooth Transitions for Patients and Their Families.



Driving health sector transformation forward: Advice on the 2015 Ontario Budget from Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres 

pre-budget-cover.jpgTo meet the needs of the province’s changing population, investment will need to continue to shift to where Ontario will get the best value for its health care dollars and to where it matters most to Ontarians. This includes continuing to invest in the province’s home and community care sector in a way that is aligned with population needs; informed by long-term capacity planning, including health human resources planning; enables technological innovation solutions that improve patient care; supports better integration across the health system; and builds a home and community care sector that can respond to changing needs and priorities.  


Making Way for Change: Transforming Home and Community Care for Ontarians

Home and community care is a central pillar of Ontario health care. Ontarians and health care providers rely on it to provide services that make the whole system work. As our population ages, the number of people who need home and community care services will only grow.  We need to take steps now to ensure we can meet their home care needs in the future. The OACCAC's white paper, Making Way for Change: Transforming Home and Community Care for Ontarians, recommends changes to create a more flexible and streamlined system of home and community care supported by up-to-date laws, and with regional funding better allocated and aligned to local patient care needs.

The recommendations in Making Way for Change call for action in four areas:

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Health Comes Home: A conversation about the Future of Care, Part 1Health Comes Home: A conversation about the Future of Care, Part 1 PDF

This is the first in a series of four discussion papers produced on behalf of Ontario's 14 CCACs. The papers are intended to serve as a starting point for a broad and far-reaching dialogue on the future delivery of health care. Part one sets the scene for thoughtful discussion about the big questions that need to be asked, and eventually answered, as Ontario prepares for the significant demographic changes in the next 5 to 25 years. Future papers will consider health system transformation through the lens of four patient populations, those being seniors with complex health needs, people with chronic health care needs, people who need hospice palliative care, and children with complex health needs.



Health Comes Home: A conversation about Aging and Chronic Care, Part 2

Health comes home part two PDFHealth Comes Home, Part 2: A Conversation about Aging and Chronic Care looks to the future - a time when the Baby Boomer generation has turned 80 – and Ontario's health system will need to be equipped to meet the needs of more people with chronic health conditions and seniors with increasingly complex health needs will want to stay at home for as long as possible. Through the lens of Ontarians as they age and experience changes in health, our second paper explores areas of health care in Ontario that are working well and that may be scaled for greater reach and impact, and discusses the evolving role of home and community care and its potential for improving outcomes. 



Health Comes Home: A Conversation about Children with Complex Health Needs, Part 3

Earlier this fall, we presented our first two papers iHealth comes home part three PDFn a four part series. Now, we are pleased to present the third: Health Comes Home, Part 3: A Conversation about Children with Complex Health Needs. It looks to a better future – just as seniors are expected to live longer as a result of advances in medical and supportive technologies, children with complex health needs are living longer, better lives too. They are living longer, going to school and interacting in their communities. But what happens when they reach adulthood? They may have the same health and support needs but many of the services their families relied on when they were young, like respite services, school health support services and child care, start to disappear. -



Health Comes Home: Health comes home part four PDFLaunching the Conversation, Part 4

Beginning earlier this fall, Ontario's CCACs launched a four-part paper series intended to start a broad dialogue on how to tackle our common challenges and harness the opportunities together. Now, we are pleased to present our final paper in the series: Health Comes Home, Part 4: Launching the Conversation. This final paper pulls together the themes of the previous three, which were presented through the lens of four populations – people with chronic conditions, seniors with complex health needs, people requiring hospice palliative care, and children with complex needs and their parents/caregivers.



OACCAC Pre-Budget Submission 2014OACCAC pre-budget submission 2014 PDF

Emphasizing the importance of care at home and in the community to a transformed health care system, the OACCAC' s advice on the 2014 Ontario Budget  highlights the importance of two foundational elements: the need for investment to create a stable, well-trained personal support work force, and continued recognition and support for informal caregivers.  The submission also acknowledges the importance continued investment in home and community care.




TransfTransforming health care to prepare for our future PDForming health care to prepare for our future: Advice on the 2013 Ontario Budget from Ontario's Community Care Access Centres

More care is being provided in the community than ever before. To support this transformation of Ontario's health-care system and ensure our system thrives in supporting the aging population, Ontario's 14 CCACs are committed to maximizing value for every health-care dollar spent and were pleased to present a pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on March 21, 2013.



Improving care for seniors and caregivers PDFImproving Care for Seniors and Caregivers

Ensuring that seniors have access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place, the Seniors Care Strategy announced in Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care will look at how to support seniors at home and reduce hospital readmissions and pressure on long-term care homes. Having a pivotal role in caring for Ontario's seniors, CCACs have submitted their recommendations to improve seniors' care based on their collective experience in caring for over 300,000 seniors each year in the Senior's Care Strategy submission: Improving Care for Seniors and Caregivers.


 Bringing value home PDF


Bringing Value Home

Bringing Value Home, developed by Ontario's 14 CCACs, identifies five actions that must be taken to ensure our health-care system can meet access and quality of care needs of CCAC clients in today's challenging economic environment.




Bending the Health Care Cost CurveBending the health care cost curve PDF

The OACCAC, the Ontario Hospital Association, and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs collaborated to produce Ideas and Opportunities for Bending the Health Care Cost Curve: Advice for the Government of Ontario, a report presenting essential, practical strategies aimed at making Ontario's health care system better and more sustainable. While the report's recommendations are not exhaustive, they present rich opportunities that, if fully implemented, could have dramatic and significant cost savings for Ontario's health-care system.



Valuing HoValuing home and community care PDFme and Community Care

The Community Provider Associations Committee (CPAC), The Change Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group examine the economic value created by home and community-based health care in Ontario. The research makes the case for why home and community are is an essential component of a financially viable publicly-funded provincial health-care system.