First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care (FNIHCC): 10-Year Plan (2013-2023)

Executive Summary

The First Nations and Inuit Home and Community Care (FNIHCC) Program’s 10-year Plan was developed in collaboration with First Nation and Inuit partners, and Health Canada FNIHB both at the national and regional levels following the program’s 10th anniversary. The plan identifies the priorities for home care over the next decade and is intended to be used as a resource guide for planning future home and community care workplan activities.

The plan will be updated yearly or as needed to ensure the goals and objectives, as presently identified, reflect the ongoing priorities of First Nations and Inuit. The activities throughout the 10-year time period will be undertaken according to the immediate health and social needs of home care clients and in accordance with acceptable home care practice and standards. Ultimately, the purpose of this plan is to provide a path forward towards collaboratively meeting the home care needs of First Nations and Inuit.

The vision for the FNIHCC Program is:

“ a continuum of home and community care services that are comprehensive, culturally safe, accessible, effective, and equitable to that of other Canadians and which respond to the unique health and social needs of First Nations and Inuit”.

Consistent with this vision, the program has committed to five goals which are intended to be achieved in accordance with the priorities of communities, regions, and the national office over the next 10 years:

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  • A Home and Community Care Program that is based on a holistic wellness approach within a circle of care, offering high quality services and culturally safe care to clients through all phases of life.
  • New and innovative partnerships (both formal and informal) and planning that aligns with and enhances existing programs and services to improve health outcomes for Home and Community Care clients.
  • Promote sustainable and appropriate work environments in which Home and Community Care staff continue to be informed, competent, engaged and supported.
  • A sustainable program that is supportive of the client, family and community, and is adaptable to changing needs and emerging trends, and is responsive to the Home Care needs of First Nation and Inuit clients.
  • A program that is dedicated to quality improvement, based on high quality, consistent and standardized data collection and assessments.

The success of this plan is dependent upon stable funding, cooperative partnerships with provinces and territories and other federal departments, linkages with other First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) programs, regional health authorities, and the continued engagement of both Health Canada—FNIHB and First Nations and Inuit partners. Overall, this strategic plan forward reflects the collaborative home care vision for First Nations and Inuit as expressed by First Nation and Inuit partners, and Health Canada-FNIHB (national and regional level) throughout the development process.

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