January 15th, 2013
Since the Better at Home project was announced last year, we have moved into implementation mode. Local Community Developers have been recruited in 18 communities to assess local readiness to implement Better at Home programs.
These community developers have been sourcing and developing profiles of the local seniors’ population, in conversation with seniors themselves. Community conversations are currently being held to help identify the non-medical home support needs and priorities of older adults in each potential Better at Home community. Stakeholder interviews, focus groups, surveys, community meetings, and various outreach strategies are being employed to ensure widespread engagement with seniors, minority groups, and Aboriginal populations.
Finally, community developers are generating a picture of current services supporting seniors to remain independent; ensuring that Better at Home will work alongside and in support of existing programs being delivered by government, non-profits, and the private sector. Consultation processes have wrapped up in a number of communities and final community profile reports will be added to the Research and Reports section as they become available.
Working with communities is absolutely key to the success of Better at Home, so even though we are all very keen to see services implemented as soon as possible, we are committed to listening to local voices and ensuring that this input forms the core of how services are delivered on the ground.
If you would like to participate in discussions regarding the needs of seniors around non-medical home support services in your community, please visit our community consultation page to find out more about scheduled meetings and to get in touch with the relevant community developer in your area.
Thank you for helping to make your voices heard and helping to build Better at Home programs that respect local diversity and conditions and build upon existing assets and cultures.
Photo at top: Community Developer April Struthers (left) facilitating a community meeting in Sechelt, 28 November 2012