We are very pleased to announce the top five 2015 Innovation Fund recipients: this year’s competition sought innovative initiatives, projects, and/or approaches to provision of community-based care and supports. Projects initiated under the Fund will help enable seniors to live to the fullness of their capacity as active and connected members of their communities.
The Covenant Health Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness congratulates the following:
1. Seniors Community Hub, Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network.
Lead Applicant: Dr. Marjan Abbasi
Project Goal: To improve quality, efficiency and coordination of care for frail seniors living in the community through a truly collaborative shared-care approach amongst primary care physicians, specialists, interdisciplinary teams, patients and family members/caregivers.
2. Supporting Healthy Ageing by Peer Education and Support.
Lead Applicant: Dr. Adrian Wagg
Project Goal: To train and support peer health coaches to promote healthy ageing behaviours that will positively impact the ability of seniors to ‘age in community.’
3. Navigation Partnerships: Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing and Engaging Older Persons, Families and Communities.
Lead Applicant: Wendy Duggleby, PhD
Project Goal: To improve the quality of life for older adults with advanced chronic illness in rural communities through training and supporting volunteers to provide navigation services, education and connection to important resources.
4. Transitions in Care: Early Identification and Support for Complex Older Adult Populations.
Lead Applicant: Lisa Jensen
Project Goal: To bridge the gap between hospital care and community supports upon discharge, with the goal of reducing the length of hospital stays and need for readmission. Complex patients at risk for readmission will be identified and supported by a targeted discharge plan and connections to community supports.
5. Coaching for Older Adults with Osteoarthritis.
Lead Applicant: Allyson Jones, PhD
Project Goal: To track and assess the effect of remote physiotherapist-led coaching which promotes physical activity among rural seniors who have undergone hip or knee replacements.