Filling gaps in community health care services
Working with provincial governments and other key partners, we're proud to provide a range of Concentrated Programs that are designed to fill gaps in care for some communities across Canada – as well as reduce the overall burden on Canada's health care system.
Unlike our other services[SS1] , these programs are available only in some regions (determined based on community needs and funding), and are delivered in a course-style structure in fixed increments.
Currently, we deliver the following concentrated programs in select regions across Canada:
Aging in Place Program
Our Aging in Place Program is an integrated model of care specifically for seniors who have vision loss as well as other additional chronic conditions. The program provides a connected care solution from hospital discharge to community reintegration, which not only greatly benefits the client, but benefits hospitals by reducing emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and lengths of stays.
The Aging in Place program provides clients with:
- Increased access to health care in their homes with a focus on how vision loss impacts care outcomes
- Connections to appropriate resources allowing for seamless coordination of services that best meets the individual’s needs
- Smart home technology and a medication adherence system to increase safety and independence in the home and reduce medication errors
Our Stroke Program is designed to provide comprehensive, in-home rehabilitation services for individuals experiencing vision impairments after a stroke. The key objectives of this program include:
- Providing comprehensive vision assessments for clients
- Reducing clients' time spent in hospital and supporting them with the transition from hospital to home
- Preventing negative long-term effects by providing appropriate intervention to promote safety, participation in daily activities, independence, mobility, physical functioning, and psychosocial health
- Enhancing quality of life and reducing readmission rates for clients
- Reducing rates of caregiver burnout and stress
- Advocating for screening, early detection, and treatment of eye disease and/or vision loss
Falls Prevention Program
Our Falls Prevention Program is designed specifically for older adults with vision loss who are at risk of falling. The program aims to improve knowledge and education on fall risk, home and community safety; increase independence within the home; and reduce falls (as well as the fear of falls) for this population. The key objectives of this program include:
- Identifying falls risk among older adults with vision loss
- Providing vision-related falls and safety education for organizations and older adults with vision loss
- Promoting safety in the home, when performing activities of daily living, and with community navigation
- Increasing exercise and physical activity for clients
- Decreasing fear of falls among older adults with vision loss and increasing their confidence to age at home safely