Aging At Home Navigator
What is the Aging at Home Navigator?
The Aging at Home Program is a new initiative as of February 2010, funded by the Local Health Integration Network with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
The goal of the Aging at Home Program is to serve Aboriginal Elders, age 55 and older, from all seven First Nations communities on Manitoulin Island, as well as Off-Reserve Anishinabek clients.
The Aging at Home Program Navigator is an experienced Registered Practical Nurse whose mandate includes:
- "Filling in the gaps" to facilitate timely discharge of clients from acute care hospitals; helping to prevent repeat admissions to Emergency Departments by assessing and supporting the client in his/her home, and out of hospital; or by making referral of client to appropriate placement for short stay, rehabilitation, or long term care needs, including referral to Hospice for pallative care, as needed.
- Delivery of Continuing Education on a regular and "as needed" basis, to Personal Support Workers at all seven First Nations communities.
- Acting as a resource, and mentoring Registered Nursing staff, to increase their confidence and competence with Palliative, Pain, Wound and Capacity Assessments, and Placement issues as we work together to provide care to Elders at home.
- Acting as a resource to family caregivers to increase their ability to assist their loved ones in a correct and safe manner.
- Coordination of the Aging at Home Van Transportation Services: this van is accessible for Native and Non-Native clients age 55 and older. Its purpose is to transport clients to medical appointments; for Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, such as grocery shopping and banking; and for Traditional gatherings or group social activities.
The Aging at Home Program has purchased an electric hospital bed with special mattress available for use by palliative or bedridden clients; as well as positioning aids and mobility aids. The Aging at Home Program has a rental agreement with a wound care company for the use of a negative pressure vac unit as needed, to expedite healing of wounds.