Aging Well at Home
Exploring easier access to home care services
and advocacy for those in need
Working on better collaboration between care and service providers
Welcome to the Aging Well at Home Working Group page. We will tell you about why our group was formed, who's involved and what we are working towards.
We know many people could age well in their homes and community with the right resources and supports. The reality is many face barriers like ageism and challenges finding and procuring resources. We are the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (FLA) Ontario Health Team working group that has come together to encourage new ways of thinking about aging and how we support people in the community.
The FLA OHT region has a growing older population, including more in long term care than the provincial average.
People in need often face long wait times for publicly funded care and support in their homes.
Accessing community and home care services can be hard for individuals and their families, in part due to ageism, as well as coordination of care.
Communication and coordination between health and social service providers can be fragmented and ineffective.
Community members, primary care providers, home and community care agencies, researchers and specialists from across the region are working together.
Community members include people with lived experience, family, caregivers and others.
View which organizations and FLA OHT partners are working together: Working Group
What we are working towards
Determining how to better support individuals and caregivers to age well at home. This includes how to maintain independence for those in need of anything from minimal to maximum supports.
Establishing effective collaboration and communication between health and social service providers. That includes creating an advocacy role to help meet the needs of older adults.
Improving awareness and navigation of resources to support people accessing home and community services.
Aging Well at Home projects
The Aging Well at Home Working Group has established several projects to achieve their goals.
Aging Services Inventory: a new platform with an inventory of resources has been developed for older adults and providers.
The Loyalist Family Health Team and their patient population are piloting these initiatives:
Aging Well at Home Committee: an interdisciplinary committee to foster understanding of how to effectively assist people to age well at home and plan and facilitate Aging Well at Home Rounds.
Aging Well at Home Rounds: the primary care team and members of pertinent care agencies together identify resources for people determined by the care team as having inadequate supports to age well at home. These rounds increase connections across partners and organizations, awareness of community supports and gaps in services.
Aging Well at Home Advocate: the Occupational Therapist at Loyalist Family Health Team developed this role in order to better guide and assist people looking for resources to age well at home.
Home and Community Care Support Services Care Coordinator: this role has been embedded into the Loyalist Family Health Team to improve integration of services and better support people through a collaborative care model.
What is a Health Home?
A person's Health Home is where or with whom they have most of their basic or primary health care: a family doctor, nurse practitioner, walk-in clinic, etc.
A Health Home may include other health care providers that are part of the circle of care.