Just Released: Long-Term Care for Indigenous Communities in Canada
While indigenous communities tend to be younger than other Canadian communities, indigenous older adults are living longer, often with ongoing health and social support needs. As a result, attention is turning to ways of ensuring access to the culturally-appropriate services and supports they require to maintain health, wellbeing and independence.
In June, 2018, the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR/IRSC), Health Canada and Indigenous Services Canada organized a “Best Brains Exchange” in Ottawa titled “Building a Foundation for a Long-Term Care Strategy in Indigenous Communities in Canada.” The session featured presentations from two experts in community-based care for indigenous older adults: Mabel Horton, a health consultant, and Bonita Beatty, University of Saskatchewan. Two additional presentations by Réjean Hébert, University of Montréal, and A. Paul Williams, University of Toronto, examined funding and delivery models that could be used to inform the design of systems of continuing care for older adults in indigenous communities. The Honorable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services attended the event.
Three of the event presentations are now available on the CRNCC website:
“Ideas to support long-term care for Indigenous elders/seniors, youth-adults with disabilities, and family Caregivers” by Bonita Beatty, member and Co-Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development at the University of Saskatchewan [presentation]
“Long-Term Care Insurance for Indigenous Community; Empowering people for aging in place” by Réjean Hébert, Dean of l’École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (ESPUM) and former Minister of Health in the Province of Québec [presentation]
“Toward a Person-Centred Continuum of Places for Care Over the Longer Term” by A. Paul Williams, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, and Co-Chair, CRNCC. [presentation]