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1 1 Albertas Continuing Care Strategy Presentation for Moving Palliative Care and End of Life Care Forward Date: May 17, 2010 By: Vivien Lai, AB Health & Wellness

2 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 External Environment for Continuing Care Strategy

3 Continuing Care Strategy Aging in the Right Place Released December 15, 2008 Five Strategies: 1.Investing in Community Supports 2.Building infrastructure that meets aging in the right place vision 3.Changing the way long-term care accommodations are paid 4.Funding individuals based on needs and/or funding providers 5.Providing equitable drug coverage for people wherever they live

4 Continuing Care Strategy Aging in the Right Place Released December 15, 2008 Five Strategies: 1.Investing in Community Supports a.Increased Home Care Funding - Additional funding to enhance home care over 2009 to 2012 Health System Navigation b.Health System Navigation - Health system patient system will be implemented province-wide in Transition Back to Community c. Transition Back to Community - Funding for transition program provided to AHS over 2009 to Emergency Department Support d.Emergency Department Support : Two hospital teams in place for emergency dept. support. Caregiver Support and Enhanced Respite Community Initiatives e. Caregiver Support and Enhanced Respite Community Initiatives : Pilot project on caregiver support/respite care services. - By 2012, Provincial caregiver education programs in place. Dedicated Health Technology Funding f. Dedicated Health Technology Funding : Health technology roadmap : Pilot projects developed and deployed : Province wide expansion of selected technologies. 4

5 Continuing Care Strategy Aging in the Right Place Released December 15, 2008 (Five Strategies contd) Building infrastructure that meets aging in the right place vision 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. Changing the way long-term care accommodations are paid 3. Changing the way long-term care accommodations are paid - Explore flexible options. Funding individuals based on needs and/or funding providers 4. Funding individuals based on needs and/or funding providers - Individualized health services funding alternatives. Providing equitable drug coverage for people wherever they live 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.

6 3 Tiers of Activities to Implement the Continuing Care Strategy 1.Expand Traditional Services to Build Capacity Home care Transition back to the community Health system navigation Emergency department support 2.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 6

7 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 placein 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 (2) Policy work underway Partners for Change Alberta Health and Wellness Alberta Seniors and Community Supports Alberta Health Services


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