Regional Initiatives

Geriatric Education Initiative (GEI)

Seniors Care Network is pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Geriatric Education Initiative (GEI). In fiscal 2016/17, the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) will provide up to $40,000 to support the GEI tuition reimbursement grant program, administered by Seniors Care Network. Granted funds are made available to support continuing professional development aimed at improving geriatric/gerontological knowledge and skills.

Applicants are eligible to receive up to a maximum of $1,500 in tuition reimbursement. Applicants are required to

  • Be a regulated health professional registered to practice in Ontario or a personal support worker who is working in a designated partner organization of Seniors Care Network.
  • Have completed a course/conference/workshop/seminar that provided training/education that fulfills learning outcomes consistent with the Competency Framework for Interprofessional Geriatric Assessment (see link below).
  • Be employed in an agency located in the Central East LHIN.

Priority will be given to regulated health professionals or personal support workers who are currently working in a designated partner organization of Seniors Care Network who:

  • Are currently employed by or collaborating substantially with specialized geriatric service programs (e.g. BSO, GEM, GAIN, NPSTAT, geriatric mental health programs).
  • Are applying for continuing professional development specific to specialized geriatric practice.
  • Completed courses, conferences, workshops or seminars that support learning outcomes consistent with the Competency Framework for Interprofessional Geriatric Assessment and offered in the Province of Ontario.

In 2015/16 the fund supported 219 individuals. The 2016/17 GEI is intended to be used to reimburse successful applicants for the tuition or registration fees paid for courses, conferences, workshops, or seminars. Books, course materials, salary replacement, student fees, membership fees, exam fees, travel, meals, or accommodation are not eligible for reimbursement.  Download an application here: Geriatric Education Initiative Application 2017

Link to the Competency Framework for Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Central East Dementia Strategy

The Central East LHIN is pursuing the development of a Central East Dementia Strategy, to be co-led by Seniors Care Network, the Alzheimer Society (Durham Region and its partner Alzheimer Societies) and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

The LHIN acknowledges that the development of a comprehensive Central East LHIN Dementia strategy needs to be supported by a wide reaching community engagement process and communication strategy. The stakeholder consultation includes people with dementia and their caregivers, First Nations communities, health professionals, administrators from a variety of care settings and the public.   The consultation is guided by the principles of “whole person” and “whole journey” to support a holistic, person-centered perspective on the experience of dementia and the necessary broad and integrated health system and community response.

The Central East LHIN Dementia Strategy will be an action-oriented strategy that will provide the needed direction to the policy, planning and service delivery communities to ensure appropriate care and supports are available to enable people with dementia to retain full citizenship in our communities and live at home as long as possible.

The Central East LHIN Dementia Strategy builds on existing dementia service planning work and the experiences of people with dementia, their families, health and social service providers, and others connecting with or providing care or service to people with dementia.

For more information please visit Central East Dementia Strategy

Age-Friendly Communities

Seniors Care Network is currently participating in thee Age-Friendly Communities planning initiatives in Peterborough , Haliburton and Durham Region. For more information on age-friendly communities initiatives in Ontario, please visit the Ontario Seniors Secretariat website: http://www.seniors.gov.on.ca/en/afc/

Community Paramedicine

In 2014, Seniors Care Network supported Haliburton County Paramedic Services in a successful grant application through the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to establish a Community Paramedicine Program for seniors in Haliburton County. A comprehensive training program was developed by Seniors Care Network, Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) Clinicians, Halliburton County Paramedic Services, and several Specialized Geriatric Service Clinicians in the Region. All Haliburton County Paramedics completed the training program in 2015.

Community Paramedicine is a non-emergency, community-based service that focuses on health monitoring, health promotion, system navigation and injury prevention. Community paramedics apply their clinical training and skills beyond the traditional role of emergency response, and operate through scheduled, home-based visits with people who require additional medical assistance in the home. These scheduled visits happen in collaboration with the person’s family doctor, and other health care providers such as the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and geriatric specialists.

Seniors with complex conditions are often at an increased risk for an acute health event, and would often benefit from scheduled visits with paramedics. Paramedics are trusted health professionals working in the community. Visits may involve ongoing medical monitoring and home-safety assessments.

For more information, please contact: Stacey Hawkins (shawkins@nhh.ca)