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Canada: Seniors Home Care Forum Focuses on Best Practices
Source: newsroom.gov.bc.ca
Source Date: Friday, January 17, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Canada
Created: Jan 20, 2014

VANCOUVER - An international forum held Jan. 15 brought together government and health authority leaders, researchers and international experts to discuss best practices in home care for seniors.

"We owe it to the people who helped build this province to modernize our home and community care system," said Health Minister Terry Lake. "This forum brought key researchers from around the world together with B.C. leaders in one room and created an opportunity for us to learn from experts and share ideas on improving home-care support for seniors and their caregivers."

A summary of the findings from the forum will be made available to the public in the coming months. The ministry will review the ideas in the summary to examine its practices and improve the care seniors receive in B.C.

The international forum was hosted by the B.C. Ministry of Health in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Vancouver. Some key objectives were:

?To discuss the driving forces for reforms in home care for seniors and strategies currently underway.
?To examine what changes are underway in how home care is organized, financed, provided, governed, regulated and assessed.
?To look at the evidence that exists in other jurisdictions as a way of showing the effect of system-level policy changes to home care and to the outcomes for seniors and their caregivers.

"The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research supports a vibrant research enterprise in B.C. that is recognized worldwide for innovative discoveries that improve health and save lives," said Dr. Diane Finegood, president and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. "A growing seniors' population is a shared challenge among jurisdictions, and we welcomed the opportunity to bring together the Ministry of Health, the health authorities and international experts to learn from each other and understand best practices."

Examining best practices in seniors' home care was a commitment made in the Ministry of Health's Seniors Action Plan. The information from the forum will contribute to the Ministry's efforts to improve home and community care from seniors.

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