Seniors’ Campus Continuums: Local Solutions for Broad Spectrum Seniors Care
In January 2021, authors Frances Margaret Morton-Chang, Shilpi Majumder and Whitney Berta released a report on “campus continuums” as viable alternatives to long-term care facilities. Such campuses can wrap care around older people enabling seniors to “age in place” in their own homes located in their familiar vibrant communities as they have consistently wished.
According to the authors, campuses offer “enhanced collaboration opportunities across providers and partners to improve consistency and coordination of care, access to shared resources, expertise and infrastructure at the organizational level. At a system level, campuses can address a diversity of health, social, financial, and housing needs to help seniors avoid premature or inappropriate use of higher intensity care settings.”
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Morton-Chang, F., Majumder, S. & Berta, W. (January 2021). Seniors’ campus continuums: local solutions for broad spectrum seniors care. BMC Geriatr 21, 70. Retrieved from: https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-020-01781-8, external link
Seniors For Social Action Ontario
In the Spring of 2020, as COVID gained momentum, especially in long term care facilities, over a dozen people with decades of experience in research, policy, programming and systemic advocacy came together to try to make a difference by founding Seniors For Social Action Ontario (SSAO). In less than a year, its membership has grown to close to 350 people across the province. It is an impressive organization fuelled entirely by the voluntary work of its members.
Recognizing the voting power of increasing numbers of older people, this organization seeks to harness the political force of this cohort to demand viable alternatives to institutional long-term care (LTC) facilities. Given that 80% of the COVID 19 deaths have occurred in LTC, the demands to end institutionalization, identify alternatives to institutionalization and call on governments to finance these alternatives ring with particular urgency.
To find out more about this group, please see: https://www.seniorsactionontario.com/about, external link
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