Friday, December 17, 2010

Reducing seniors' visits to ER

What a simple solution. In the case of family health teams (FHT), one can visit a Nurse practitioner, with a two-week wait for non-emergency visits, compared to two months to see the physician.
For many seniors transportation is a complicated issue. We do not want people driving who cannot safely drive, nor do we need burden adult children with ferrying parents to appointments for routine issues. Far simpler to hold routine clinics where large numbers of seniors reside.

Aging in Place has a team of health care providers who work in eleven Ottawa locations.
This doesn't work in rural Ontario, but this is why we appreciate our FHT in such locations.

Seniors' health program reduces ER use

Last Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010 | 6:22 PM ET

An Ottawa program is finding success at keeping senior citizens away from emergency rooms.
The Aging in Place program treats around 1,000 seniors in their homes, with hopes of easing the strain on the city's crowded emergency rooms.

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