compiled by Darene Toal-Sullivan
CAOT Director of Professional Practice
e-Health: From Vision to Action
This newsletter focuses on how information and communication technologies are being used to enhance Canadians access to health services and modernize the health care system. The newsletter and report from the Canada E-Health 2000 conference are available for download from the Office of Health and the Information Highway (OHIH), Internet: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ohih-bsi/
New from CIHI
National Rehabilitation Reporting System
The Canadian Iinstitute of Health and Information (CIHI) has launched a National Rehabilitation Reporting System to provide information to measure the effectiveness of adult inpatient rehabilitation services in Canada. Information on clinical outcome indicators, access to rehabilitation facilities and evaluation of programs and services, will be gathered. It is hoped that this system will allow CIHI to collect information that will help improve adult rehabilitation services and provide evidence for decision-making. The system was developed following extensive consultation with rehabilitation professionals and a pilot study involving more than 2,000 adult patients who needed rehabilitation services. Information on the effectiveness of rehabilitation services in six provinces was collected. Study results "showed significant gains in function for client groups such as amputation, brain injury, stroke and spinal injury" (www.cihi.ca/medrls/15june2001.shtml).
For more information, please contact Karen McCarthy, Manager of Communications, Tel. (613) 241-7860.
Development of National Indicators and Reports for Home Care
The first phase of this project from CIHI is completed. The goal of this project was to develop an initial set of indicators that would be useful to health regions and home care programs in managing, planning and evaluating home care services. For progress on this work, visit the web site: http://www.cihi.ca/Roadmap/Home_Care/Documents.shtml
For more information contact: Dana Paquette, Senior Analyst, CIHI, Health Services Information.
Tel: (613) 241-7860, ext. 4112 Fax: (613) 241-8120,
Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA)
"Activeage" sponsored by the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA), is an e-mail listserve for health practitioners, recreation leaders, older adult associations, students, researchers, and government consultants to obtain current information about physical activity and older adults. Subscribers receive regular e-mail updates about current, Canadian research, resources and program implementation. In addition subscribers can share information with their peers through questions and answers about active living for older adults. To subscribe to Activeage view:
ALCOA has launched its premiere issue of Research Update, a newsletter that provides practical, leading edge research results applied to physical activity for older adults, in plain language for health practitioners and leaders.
Contact ALCOA: Tel: (800) 549-9799, (416) 423-2163
Fax: (416) 423-2112 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Position Statements
CAG is a national, multidisciplinary association that promotes research, education, and policy aimed at improving the quality of life of older Canadians. The following Position Statements and Policy Statements have been developed by CAG: Seniors and Prescription Drugs, Home Care in Canada, Assistive Devices for Seniors, Health Promotion for Individual Seniors, Delivery of Mental Health Services for Older Adults.
Contact CAG, 100-824 Meath Street, Ottawa, ON. K1Z 6E8
Tel: (613) 728-9347, Fax: (613) 728-8913, www.cagacg.ca.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
At Home with Alzheimer's Disease: Useful Adaptations to the Home Environment
This booklet contains suggestions to increase the safety and security of persons with Alzheimer's Disease, to accommodate wandering, pacing and confusion, to prevent or minimize anxiousness, and to meet caregiver needs. This free publication can be ordered from CMHC by calling 1 (800) 668-2642 or 1 (613) 748-2003 (outside Canada). Internet: www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca
CMHC Programs and Financial Assistance
CMHC offer a number of programs designed to increase the availability of housing for those in need. For a complete list of these programs, eligibility criteria and assistance available, contact CMHC. Two programs that may be of particular interest to occupational therapists and their clients are the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) for Persons with Disabilities and Home Adaptations for Seniors' Independence (HASI). RRAP for Persons with Disabilities offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords for accessibility modifications to dwellings for low-income persons with disabilities. Assistance is a loan, all or parts of which may be forgiven. For homeowners, the forgivable assistance varies with household income and the cost of modifications. HASI helps homeowners and landlords pay for minor adaptations to enable low-income seniors to remain independent in their own homes. Assistance is a forgivable loan of up to $2500. Program variations may exist in some areas of Canada with joint funding by the Government of Canada, and the provincial or territorial government. Internet: www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca
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September/October 2001 Table
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