2013-2014 Annual Report
Research tells us that most seniors want to remain at home as long as possible. In 2013/14, 60% of our clients were 65 years and older, and 24% were 85 years of age or older. We continue to develop innovative programs and partnerships to keep more seniors safe in their home and communities longer.
Home First is one example of how we are leading some important shifts in our health system's ability to deliver more care to seniors in their homes.
Similarly, a program introduced with Paramedics in Renfrew County is a compelling example of a local solution that is both enhancing care for seniors and yielding cost savings. Paramedics screen seniors who make emergency calls to determine if they are at risk for loss of independence. Those at risk are referred to the CCAC for ongoing support. Costly 911 calls from isolated seniors have been cut in half, and emergency department visits have declined.
Expanding Access to Exercise and Falls Prevention Programs
More seniors can now access exercise classes and falls prevention programs in the region. Working with the Local Health Integration Network, retirement homes and community partners we have introduced 39 classes/programs. Champlain CCAC is now the single point of access for publically-funded one-to-one physiotherapy services. We played a key role in transitioning clients to a new service delivery model introduced in 2013 to ensure more equitable access to services in their communities.
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