Transforming Care for Older Adults Living with Complex Health Conditions in Ontario Post-Covid: Conference Proceedings and Recommendations

Authors

  • Adam D. Morrison Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario
  • Sabeen Ehsan Seniors Care Network; Ontario Tech University
  • Rhonda E. Schwartz Seniors Care Network
  • Sarah D. Webster Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Providence Care
  • John A.H. Puxty Centre for Studies in Aging and Health, Providence Care; Queens University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.26.665

Keywords:

older adult, frailty, pandemic recovery, specialized geriatric services, virtual conference, aging at home, seniors, health policy

Abstract

The virtual conference ‘Transforming Care: Supporting Older Adults Post-COVID in Ontario’ was held in October 2021. It was organized by Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) East and held over three half-days. The guiding themes included: The Need, The Innovation, and The Transformation. Over 500 participants heard from ~50 clinicians, researchers, administrators, older adults, care partners, and community partners. The pandemic uncovered and exacerbated existing issues and pushed us to explore new ways to support older adults living with complex health conditions. The following key priorities were identified: older adults and their care partners call for personalized care experiences, and a lifespan approach to care delivery; aging in the community remains the most common preference; an integrated community care system that supports aging at-home should be prioritized; care delivery by SGS interprofessional teams and specialists is paramount to providing comprehensive care; building health human resource capacity should be a system priority; and promising innovations should be scaled and spread.

Evidence shows that we cannot return to status-quo; post-pandemic planning of both who we serve and how we serve needs to be anchored in system renewal, not just recovery. Renewal means integrating lessons learned during the pandemic into the redesign of our systems of care. Investments in innovative, upstream strategies that support home and community-based care, and target health promotion and prevention are necessary. The provincial and regional infrastructure of SGS has the expertise and capacity to assist Ontario Health Teams in responding to the evolving health and social needs of this population.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Downloads

Published

2023-12-01

How to Cite

1.
Morrison A, Ehsan S, Schwartz R, Webster S, Puxty J. Transforming Care for Older Adults Living with Complex Health Conditions in Ontario Post-Covid: Conference Proceedings and Recommendations . Can Geriatr J [Internet]. 2023 Dec. 1 [cited 2024 Feb. 25];26(4):478-85. Available from: https://cgjonline.ca/index.php/cgj/article/view/665

Issue

Section

Original Research