Improvement Conversation: CARES: Proven approach to caring for seniors in the community takes flight

Frailty can be the enemy of the aging process. Frailty in people age 65 and older is associated with poor quality of life, and may lead to poorer nutrition, social isolation and greater difficulty recovering from routine illnesses. In Canada, nearly half of our healthcare budget is spent on seniors in this age group, largely due to the frailty that results from chronic diseases and major life events.

Fraser Health Authority has been at the forefront of an initiative called Community Actions and Resources Empowering Seniors (CARES). Using CARES, primary-care physicians identify seniors who are at risk of becoming frail, and intervene with healthcare and community supports to keep these patients healthy for as long as possible.

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