Our network of dedicated health professionals share expertise and work hard to provide the best healthcare experience for frail older adults in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
Across an area that covers 17,000 square kilometers of mostly rural geography, together we are affecting change and creating opportunities to enhance the healthcare experience for frail older adults and their caregivers while providing care tailored and focused on the unique needs of older adults. This progressive network is person-centered, approachable, empathetic, and collaborative.
The specialized geriatrics programs and services of Seniors Care Network are intended to help older adults with complex health concerns that threaten their independence and function.
Why Now? Meeting the Needs of a Growing Seniors Population
Central East LHIN’s Seniors Aim is to reduce the demand for long-term care so that seniors spend 320,000 more days at home in their communities by 2016. Improving health care for seniors is a top priority of the Central East LHIN and Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Achieving the Seniors Strategic Aim requires providing alternatives for home and specialized care that help seniors stay at home and in their community longer. Not only will this aim benefit seniors who wish to stay at home or in the community, but it will also benefit those who do required placement in a long-term care bed. By reducing the overall demand for long-term care, we will also reduce the wait time to access long-term care for those who need it most.
Did you know?
- 15% of the Central East LHIN’s 1.6 million residents are seniors who may require additional support to remain living at home. This population of frail older adults is estimated to grow by 27% over the next ten years.
- There are an estimated 96,500 seniors in the Central East LHIN who may be considered frail (Seniors Care Network Commissioned Research, 2013).
- Frail seniors are at risk of worsening health; frail seniors are less able than others to recover after a health stressor event.
- 9% of frail seniors reside in Long Term Care or Complex Continuing Care; the remainder live in the community.
- Over the next 20 years, the Central East LHIN’s senior population is forecast to double, substantially increasing the total health care need.
- There is a lack of adequate integrated physical, mental and social supports/coordination for at-risk seniors
Different approaches to seniors care are required for rural and urban areas. Source: FSA Rural Geography, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health Indicator Tool
Health Care Providers and 20 year Forecast Growth in the Senior Population in the Central East LHIN: Specialized geriatric services will need to grow faster in some clusters.
What are Specialized Geriatric Services?
Specialized Geriatric Services focus on frail seniors with multiple complex conditions and potentially reversible disabilities which may respond to interventions to address:
- Falls, balance problems
- Functional limitations
- Confusion/cognitive impairments
- Nutritional problems
Specialized Geriatric Services includes comprehensive geriatric assessment and interventions intended to support independence and function. Specialized Geriatric Services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of health professionals with expertise in care of the elderly and geriatric syndromes. The team often includes:
- Specialist physicians such as Geriatricians and Geriatric Psychiatrists;
- Nurse Practitioners
- Clinicians such as occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, social workers and registered nurses, dietitians and speech language pathologists
- Personal support workers
Specialized Geriatric Services are provided in a variety of settings across the continuum of care including home, community, ambulatory settings, long-term care facilities and in-patient hospital settings.