Pushed by increasing health care costs, an aging population, and changing public expectations about the right of older persons to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, in their own homes and communities, Ontario introduced its three-year, $702-million "aging at home" strategy in 2007. Now being implemented by the province's 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), this strategy aims to improve access to a range of home and community care (H&CC) services as a means of supporting older persons in their own homes and moderating demand for more costly emergency, hospital in-patient and residential long-term care. What needs to be done to achieve these aims? How do we think and measure successful outcomes for integrating care for older persons?
Andy Alaszewski, Director and Professor Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent, UK reviewed the theoretical and conceptual issues regarding a growing body of evidence that suggests that H&CC can go a long way toward meeting individual needs and improving system performance when it is targeted, managed and integrated into a broader continuum of care. He presented examples of successful integrated health and social care for older persons from the United Kingdom.
Canadian research network for care in the community (CRNCC) / Réseau canadien de recherche pour les soins dans la communauté (RCRSC)
Leading knowledge exchange on home and community care
CRNCC / RCRSC is an international network of researchers, providers, citizen groups, community organizations, consumers and policy makers. Its goal is to share knowledge and research evidence about the crucial role of community support services within the broader continuum of health and social care. CRNCC / RCRSC is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Ryerson University.
The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA)
The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) supports, promotes and represents the common goals of its members. They provide not-for-profit health and social services that help people live at home in their own communities, across Ontario.
OCSA represents more than 360 community agencies, 25,000 staff and 100,000 volunteers across Ontario. Last year these volunteers donated over 2.5 million hours of service. OCSA works with their members to ensure that issues which affect community services are heard and addressed by government policy makers, other health organizations, the media and the general public.