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Alberta’s Continuing Care Strategy. Presentation for Moving Palliative Care and End of Life Care Forward Date: May 17, 2010 By: Vivien Lai, AB Health & Wellness. External Environment for Continuing Care Strategy. Shift in Population:

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Alberta s continuing care strategy

Alberta’s Continuing Care Strategy

Presentation for

Moving Palliative Care and

End of Life Care Forward

Date: May 17, 2010

By: Vivien Lai, AB Health & Wellness


Alberta s continuing care strategy

External Environment for Continuing Care Strategy

  • Shift in Population:

  • Increasing number of elderly, peaking in 2030

  • Healthier, longer life expectancy

  • Higher education

  • Higher expectation

  • Increased income of seniors over the last 25 years

  • Different values and lifestyle choices from current generation of elderly

  • Value choice and independence

  • Sustainability of the system is an issue

Change in demography and lifestyle preferences of baby boomers drives the need for a new strategy


Alberta s continuing care strategy

Continuing Care Strategy

Aging in the Right Place

Released December 15, 2008

  • Five Strategies:

  • Investing in Community Supports

  • Building infrastructure that meets “aging in the right place” vision

  • Changing the way long-term care accommodations are paid

  • Funding individuals based on needs and/or funding providers

  • Providing equitable drug coverage for people wherever they live


Alberta s continuing care strategy

Continuing Care Strategy

Aging in the Right Place

Released December 15, 2008

  • Five Strategies:

  • Investing in Community Supports

    • Increased Home Care Funding

    • - Additional funding to enhance home care

    • over 2009 to 2012

    • b.Health System Navigation

    • - Health system patient system will be

    • implemented province-wide in 2012.

    • c. Transition Back to Community

    • - Funding for transition program provided to AHS

    • over 2009 to 2012.

    • d.Emergency Department Support

    • - 2009: Two hospital teams in place for emergency dept. support.

    • e. Caregiver Support and Enhanced Respite Community Initiatives

    • - 2010: Pilot project on caregiver support/respite care services.

    • - By 2012, Provincial caregiver education programs in place.

    • f. Dedicated Health Technology Funding

    • - 2009: Health technology roadmap.

    • - 2009-2011: Pilot projects developed and deployed.

    • - 2010-2012: Province wide expansion of selected technologies.


Alberta s continuing care strategy

Continuing Care Strategy

Aging in the Right Place

Released December 15, 2008

  • (Five Strategies cont’d)

  • 2. Building infrastructure that meets “aging in the right place” vision

  • - Goal is to offer seniors and persons with disabilities more options for quality accommodations that suit their lifestyles and service needs.

  • - Capital funding models to be designed to ensure that many units are

  • affordable for low/moderate income levels.

  • 3. Changing the way long-term care accommodations are paid

  • - Explore flexible options.

  • 4. Funding individuals based on needs and/or funding providers

  • - Individualized health services funding alternatives.

  • 5. Providing equitable drug coverage for people wherever they live

  • - Providing an equitable drug coverage program consistent across

  • Alberta to give incentive for seniors and persons with disabilities to choose home and supportive living over facility care.


  • Alberta s continuing care strategy

    3 Tiers of Activities to Implement the Continuing Care Strategy

    • Expand Traditional Services to Build Capacity

      • Home care

      • Transition back to the community

      • Health system navigation

      • Emergency department support

    • Expand Non-traditional Services

      • Health technology

      • Community initiatives

      • Caregiver support and respite care

    • 3. Transformation of Continuing Care System

      • Money follows the client

      • Individualized funding


    Alberta s continuing care strategy

    Partners for Change

    Alberta Health and Wellness

    Alberta Seniors and Community Supports

    Alberta Health Services

    Implications of Continuing Care Strategy on End of Life Care Policy

    • Need to review what palliative/end of life care services should be enhanced to enable Albertans to “age in the right place”in the community.

    • Provide choice for End of Life Care

    • Address capacity issues

    • Address availability and connectivity of service across Alberta

    • ACTION ITEMS: (1) Establish Joint AHW/AHS Policy Committee

    • (2) Policy work underway


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