Many older Canadians would be able to stay healthier and in their own homes for longer with proper home care nutrition services. A good home care nutrition system would enhance quality of life for the client and their caregivers. Staying in their home for longer also reduces acute care use and the costs associated with preventable hospital visits.
Dietitians support home-based nutrition services that:
- Are easy to access
- Are part of the larger health care system
- Will prevent malnutrition
- Will minimize related fiscal and social costs
Dietitians support assessment of all home care clients to determine their nutrition risk. Those with moderate or high nutrition risk must have a nutrition care plan. It should be developed and monitored by a dietitian. If the client has a special diet (modified texture; food allergy), the dietitian should be involved in the care plan.
Dietitians have met with leaders in provincial governments to discuss their position. Dietitians of Canada continues to work together with home care providers and other health professional associations to bring a consistent message to decision makers including influencing provincial election campaigns.
- Dietitians in Home Care: A Pan-Canadian Environmental Scan (Executive Summary)
(March 2018) – Access to dietitian services in home care settings varies widely between different provinces and territories, and within different regions of the same jurisdiction. This scan provides an overview of home care organization across Canada and access to dietitians' services.
- Read the full report (members only)
- Dietitians of Canada Input to National Homecare Plan
(September 2016) DC's recommendations to the three national associations proposing a national homecare plan stress the importance of an interprofessional approach in developing the plan and its' associated metrics, and the need to support further research to determine the most effective utilization of dietitians in the homecare sector.
- DC Recommendations for the 2016 Nova Scotia Action Plan for an Aging Population
(September 2016)Dietitians of Canada (Atlantic) was pleased to provide input to the consultation for the development of the 2016 Nova Scotia Action Plan For An Aging Population.
- Federal pre-budget recommendations for Budget 2017
(August 2016) DC's recommendations to the federal government for Budget 2017 address issues including access to dietitians through home care and community-based care, telehealth and the federal government employee health care plan; food insecurity; excise tax on SSB; national workforce data base; and nutrient database of Canadian foods.
- Defining the Role of the Dietitian in Dysphagia Assessment and Management
(March 2015) – This role paper discusses dysphagia assessment and management based on the principles and ideals of evidence-informed, interprofessional client-centred care.
- DC Ontario recommendations to Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy
(July 2013) – Dietitians of Canada supports the key values of the Seniors' Strategy, and provide recommendations to enhance health and quality of life for Ontario's seniors through improved access to nutrition care.
- Strengthening the Canadian Health System:A Call to Action from Dietitians
(November 2011) – The Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology was accepting submissions in preparation for the Health Accord 2014. Dietitians of Canada called for action in three areas: increased investment in health promotion and non-communicable disease prevention including access to healthy food, coordinated interprofessional health services, and sufficient labour supply and access to dietitians.
- A Need for a Program of Home-based Nutrition Services in BC
(2008) – Advocacy document for province-wide, coordinated, integrated and accessible home-care nutrition services in BC
- The Alliance of Professional Associations for Community-Based Therapy Services
(2004) – APACTS is comprised of representatives from the five professional therapy associations whose members provide community-based long term care services related to Community Care Access Centres (CCACs)
- BC Election Platform background piece for dietitians
(2009) – background materials on health care issues to prepare dietitians for BC election
- DC Home Care Network
A vehicle to keep in touch with other dietitians across Canada through this network
Updated August 22, 2016