On Call Innovation Conversation

Upstream Interventions for Downstream Results: How the CARES model is improving quality of life for Canadian seniors

June 13, 2017
12:00 – 1:00pm ET
Un service d'interprétation simultanée en français sera offert pour cette séance.

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Did you know?

  • Nearly half of Canada’s healthcare budget is spent on seniors aged 65 and older as a result of the impact of chronic diseases and frailty on their health.
  • Frailty in seniors is associated with poor quality of life. Once frail, a senior is more at risk for falls, disability, institutionalization and death.
  • Fraser Health partnered with Nova Scotia Health Authority and Shannex Inc. through CFHI’s EXTRA: Executive Training Program to implement a primary care upstream intervention initiative called CARES that demonstrates the progression of frailty in seniors can be proactively delayed.

Consider this …

Frailty is a geriatric syndrome associated with poor quality of life and increased reliance on healthcare resources.

By 2031, seniors will account for 22.8% of the population in Canada. This aging population is prone to frailty, placing increasing pressure on an already over-burdened healthcare system. Current healthcare services between primary care and community resources are reactive, hospital-centred and fragmented, which creates a barrier to prevention and care.

CARES – Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors – is a primary healthcare upstream intervention that aims to decrease the downstream impact of frailty. Using a phased approach, CARES combines regular assessments by primary care providers with wellness coaching from trained volunteers. The aim is to support seniors to age well and live a higher quality of life within their community for longer.

In 2014, the Fraser Health Authority (B.C.) partnered with Nova Scotia Health Authority, Shannex Inc. (N.S.), and CFHI’s EXTRA Program to implement an inter-provincial CARES initiative – the first of its kind. Results to date have been extremely promising: seniors participating in CARES have seen considerable improvements in their well-being and quality of life over a six-month period.

Join us as we:

  • introduce and explain the CARES approach
  • examine key results for the interprovincial CARES initiative
  • explore the potential and current plans for sustainability and spread

Be part of the conversation!

This interactive On Call session be presented by CARES project team members from Fraser Health and the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and hosted by Kaye Phillips, Senior Director at CFHI.



Kaye Phillips PhotoKaye Phillips, Senior Director, CFHI

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