Oshawa seniors get helping hand with new Community Care program

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Published July 2, 2021 at 7:45 pm

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Two community-based Geriatric Nursing Specialists have been hired in Durham to deliver rapid front-line interventions to patients with complex and chronic health conditions.

The program’s rollout will focus on Oshawa this year before expanding into the rest of the Region in the coming years.
The program will see the nurses visit the homes of vulnerable patients and be a first point of contact, as well as a source for other specialized services required.

Community Care, a multi-service charitable organization providing a broad range of support and services, says the goal of the program is to prevent avoidable health-related events that may occur due to lack of pre-emptive action.

Community-based care providers have in-depth knowledge of their clients and have access to clinical experts who are able to make timely interventions that could prevent: loss of independence; emergency department visits; avoidable hospital admissions; and premature moves to long-term care settings.

The organization says the program will cater to those in assisted living, supportive housing and others involved in the various current adult day programs.

The program is free, with funding through the Ontario Health Team.

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