New CHRSP Study on Community-Based Service Models for Seniors
Seniors in the province are living longer than ever before and with more chronic disease and frailty. Out-migration of younger adults is eroding traditional informal support networks for seniors.who still want to remain living in the community for as long as possible. The province’s health and social services systems confront the challenge of providing the support services required to enable seniors to live at home with an acceptable quality of life. In consultation with the four provincial Regional Health Authories, the Department of Health and Community Services asked CHRSP to advise them what the scientific literature says about the characteristics of models of integrated primary medical care and community services for supporting community-dwelling older persons in Newfoundland and Labrador with ADL/IADL* disabilities and mild to complex chronic health conditions (including dementia) and their caregivers and about the effectiveness of these models in terms of health and economic outcomes for clients, caregivers, and the health system.
* ADL= Activities of Daily Living | IADL= Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
Link to the report here: www.nlcahr.mun.ca/chrsp/csms.php
The Dissemination Event
To facilitate a discussion of this study among health and community stakeholders, Community-Based Service Models for Seniors: A CHRSP Dissemination Event will take place on January 22, 2014 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Newfoundland Standard Time) at the NLCAHR Boardroom, 95 Bonaventure Avenue, Suite 300. Free Parking is available on site; however, parking spaces are limited; we recommend car-pooling where possible. The meeting will be video-conferenced.
Part 1: Presenting the CSMS Project
CHRSP Researcher Pablo Navarro will briefly review the background, methodology, and findings of the ‘Evidence in Context’ report. Dr. Howard Bergman, the Scientific Leader for the study, will then discuss the key findings on models of integrated care for seniors.
Part 2: Q&A/Discussion
In a facilitated discussion, all participants will be invited to discuss the report’s findings with the research team, focussing on the following questions:•What are the implications of the evidence for models of integrated care in the Newfoundland and Labrador context? •What challenges do we face in developing and implementing a model of integrated care in Newfoundland and Labrador? How can these challenges be mitigated?•What next steps can be taken to support seniors who wish to age in place in Newfoundland and Labrador?