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Welcome to CRNCC


Leading Knowledge on Home and Community Care

Welcome to CRNCC, a vibrant national and international affiliation of academic and community researchers, community service providers, consumers and policy makers dedicated to advancing research and knowledge transfer in home and community care. The network encourages collaborative, community-driven research and knowledge translation across the continuum of care.



Just Released!

CRNCC In-Focus Backgrounder on Marijuana
Medical marijuana (cannabis) has been legal in Canada since 2001. There is growing, yet still limited evidence, that marijuana can help with health conditions experienced by many older persons including nausea related to chemotherapy, Alzheimer’s disease, pain, and mental health issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Yet, older persons may be reluctant to use marijuana because of persistent stigma, or because of an unwillingness by health care professionals to consider its use. The federal government’s legalization of cannabis, expected in the fall of 2018, will open the door to new and innovative use by older persons as an alternative to prescription pharmaceuticals.

This CRNCC backgrounder examines the potential benefits and cautionary notes on marijuana use by older Canadians.  See In-Focus Backgrounder on Marijuana and Older People

Balance of Care Research and Evaluation Group and SHS Consulting's Final Evaluation of VON SMILE Program
Initiated in 2007 as a key element of the South East Local Health Integration Network's Aging at Home strategy, SMILE (Seniors Managing Independent Living Easily) now supports hundreds of "at risk" seniors and their caregivers "closer to home" across the region. To do this, SMILE uses specially trained case managers, equipped with per client budgets, to engage with seniors and their caregivers to identify problems and co-create individualized care packages. In addition to accessing available community support services, SMILE accesses a range of non-traditional supports from neighbors, friends, churches, volunteer organizations and clubs, thus leveraging local capacity in urban and rural areas. See Evaluation Report.



Recent Presentations

Changing the Game in Long-Term Care
At the April 2018 AdvantAgeOntario Annual General Meeting Pre-Convention Education Event, speakers showcased pioneering examples of innovative, integrated, person-directed care and shared their insights on how they balanced partnership development, human resources and policy requirements to change the game in long-term care.

With thanks to AdvantageOntario, the presentations are now posted. See presentations.


Best Brains Exchange
In November 2017, the Canadian Institutes of Health in collaboration with Health Canada sponsored the “Best Brains Exchange” to ensure that Canadians living in rural communities have equitable access to health care services. The Best Brains Exchange is an informal forum for interaction, exchange and mutual learning between researchers and decision makers in order to support and facilitate evidence-informed policy making.

See presentations.


Recent Reports

Living Well with Dementia: Toward Dementia-Friendly Policy March 16, 2017, Ryerson University. Presentations Now Available

Report on Independent Living
Building Community-Based Capacity to Meet Ontario's Needs - Brief by the Ontario Association of Independent Living Service Providers (OAILSP)

A Global Campaign to Combat Ageism - Perspectives in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Ensuring Healthy Aging for All: Home Care Access in Ontario
- Report by the Wellesley Institute.
Health and Social Care Policies for Older Persons with Dementia in Canada: Issues and Policy Directions
- Presentation by A. Paul Williams at the International Symposium on Health and Social Policies for Older Persons with Dementia
Improving Seniors’ Services in Ontario Position Paper by the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (Summary)


International Best Practices

The Netherlands’ “Buurtzorg Model” of community neighborhood nurse teams as a new way of organizing and delivering integrated care with mobile technology has come to Japan.

See presentations by Dr. Satoko Hotta, International University of Health and Welfare, Japan
[ Transition Towards Community-Based Integrated Care in Japan ] | [ National & Local Dementia Strategy in Japan ]