Community-Based Service Models for Seniors
In Newfoundland and Labrador, senior citizens, their caregivers and families, as well as the provincial government and the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) are interested in developing workable strategies that will help seniors remain at home, in their own communities, for as long as possible - a concept known as "Aging in Place." For most seniors, staying at home is intrinsic to both independence and quality of life. From a government/health system perspective, helping seniors remain at home is a sign of successfully and sustainably meeting their needs and supporting their choices. The population of Newfoundland and Labrador is aging. Seniors are living longer than ever before. Medical and technological advances have now made it possible for seniors with a range of health and disability issues to remain in their homes, where in the past they might have had to move into institutional care. Simultaneously, the effects of out-migration continue to stretch and erode traditional support networks for seniors. The Newfoundland & Labrador healthcare system has acknowledged the need for new and creative strategies to assist seniors living at home. The Department of Health & Community Services proposed a Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) project to address this issue, with a study on how community-based primary healthcare teams could best support community-dwelling seniors and their caregivers. Such an approach could possibly make more effective use of existing services, as well as efficiently and effectively reallocating support resources.
30 Nov -0001
Strategic Research Theme
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery