Central East LHIN Dementia Strategy

As the LHIN works with patients, caregivers, health service providers - including primary care providers - to advance integrated systems of care to help Central East LHIN residents to live healthier at home, it has asked the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and its Seniors Care Network to lead the development of a LHIN-wide strategy for dementia.  

The Strategy intends to build on existing dementia service planning work and the experiences of people with dementia, their families, health and social service providers, and others connecting with or providing care or service to people with dementia so that those living with dementia, and their caregivers, throughout the Central East LHIN, receive the care and supports they need.

To support the development of the Strategy, project leaders met and consulted with over 100 community partners and stakeholders, including Clinicians, Healthcare Administrators, individuals living with Dementia and their caregivers and families to help identify gaps and priority areas.

In addition, over 200 individuals, including people living with Dementia, their caregivers and families, community leaders and partners participated in an online survey. 

The Action Plan for Dementia Care in the Central East LHIN was received by the Central East LHIN Board of Directors at its Open Board Meeting on June 22, 2016

Your ongoing input is welcome

Interested parties are now encouraged to share their feedback on the report and assist the project team to prioritize the recommendations contained in the Action Plan for Dementia Care in the Central East LHIN

Please click on the links below to download a copy of the Action Plan and to provide your views and feedback through a brief web-enabled survey:

How will your input be used?

Your input will help to confirm that the findings and recommendations included in the Action Plan truly reflect the needs of individuals who are living with dementia, their caregivers and those that support them in the community. You can also help to prioritize the recommendations by sharing your thoughts about which, among the many ideas included in the report, are most important and why. Your input may also help to identify where gaps may still be present.

Next Steps

All feedback will be consolidated and be presented to Central East LHIN Board in September 2016.

The Central East LHIN and the Central East LHIN Dementia Strategy Project team would like to thank everyone who has participated in the development of the Action Plan to date, especially those who shared their input and lived experiences.

For more information about the ongoing development of the LHIN's Dementia Strategy please watch this space or contact Atiqa Mohammad at 905 668 5881 ext. 6799 or by email at mohammada@ontarioshores.ca.

Integrated Health Service Plan 2016-2019

The development of the Central East LHIN Dementia Strategy will build on key accomplishments already achieved by a range of health service providers and specialized geriatric services to enhance care, improve quality and advance system co-ordination and integration.

It will also will support the achievement of the LHIN's Seniors strategic aim detailed in its 2016-2019 Integrated Health Service Plan of continuing to support frail older adults to live healthier at home by spending 20,000 fewer days in hospital and reducing Alternate Level of Care days for people age 75+ by 20% by 2019.

Through its accountability agreements with its health service providers and partnerships with other stakeholders, the Central East LHIN will continue to provide ongoing alternatives for home and specialized care that helps older adults to remain living healthier at home and in their community.

To learn more about the LHIN's 2016-2019 Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP), please click HERE or contact the LHIN at centraleast@lhins.on.ca.