Seniors Strategy - Mount Sinai Hospital

What Does Health Equity Mean for
Ontario’s Seniors?
Dr. Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC
Provincial Lead, Ontario’s Seniors Strategy
Director of Geriatrics
Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
TC-LHIN Measuring Equity Symposium
October 4th, 2012
Seniors Strategy
Establishing the Context
14.6% of Ontarians are 65 and older, yet account for
nearly half of all health and social care spending (Census, 2011).
Ontario’s older population is set to double over the next
twenty years, while its 85 and older population is set to
quadruple (Sinha, HealthcarePapers 2011).
Ontario’s ageing population represents both a challenge
and an opportunity.
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Diversity in Ontario’s Seniors
Ontario’s visible minority population stands at 23%,
the second highest after British Columbia (24%).
A higher share of seniors in visible minority groups live
in low-income households.
Seniors are most likely to say they cannot converse in
English or French.
Beyond our ethnocultural and linguistic differences, our
diversity as Ontarians is also reflected through gender
identity and sexual orientation.
Seniors Strategy
Diversity in Ontario’s Seniors
About 5% of seniors in the province arrived in the last
20 years, this proportion will increase.
As a collective group, immigrants are older – one in five
is a senior.
Immigrants comprise 41% of Toronto’s population.
Currently 400,000 to 500,000 people in the Greater
Toronto Area have limited English ability and require
interpretation support in a medical setting.
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Meet Mr. W
Why Develop a Provincial Strategy?
Given our current and future challenges Ontario’s Action
Plan for Health Care was launched in January, 2012 with a
focus on quality, access, equity, value and choice.
The Development of a Seniors Strategy was highlighted
as a way to establish sustainable best practices and
policies at a provincial level that could support the
overall coordination of the delivery of health and social
care services with an intense focus on supporting
seniors to stay healthy and stay at home longer.
Seniors Strategy
Key Strategic Themes/Areas of Focus
Promotes Wellness and Prevention
Ensures Better Equity, Access, Quality, Value and Choice
Leverages Existing Infrastructure and Resources, while Reducing the
Duplication of Processes and Services
Improves Coordination and Integration of Care in the Community that
Meaningfully impacts ED, Hospital and LTC Utilization.
Aligns Incentives Within and Across Sectors with Common Metrics and
Accountability Frameworks
Sets Minimum Standards of Care across All Sectors
Explores housing and transportation services to meet specific needs
Includes Mental Health and Palliative Care
Seniors Strategy
When Strategy Meets Diversity…
Services in one’s language of choice?
ie. 211, Language Services Toronto
Services geared to ethnocultural needs?
ie. Ethnocultural Facilities, Day Programs, Meals on Wheels
Service providers and experiences that are culturally
competent and aware?
ie. Services for Aboriginals, LGBTQ Populations
Are we being realistic with our expectations and abilities
to serve older Ontarians with diverse needs?
 What can’t forget to address the Determinants of Health…
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What Does Excellent Care for
All Seniors Look Like?
Promoting Wellness
-Single point of access to
information to empower and
support self-management
-Wellness and prevention
programs will reduce deconditioning, improve functional
capacity, independence and older
adults ability to stay home longer:
Supporting Aging in Place
Senior Friendly Hospital Care
and Effective Transitions
Enhanced Long-Term Care
-Strengthened Primary Care
models will improve access
and provide home-based care
-When hospital care is required,
seniors will benefit from an elder
friendly environment and culture
emphasizing early screening and
assessment by GEM Nurses,
functional support and timely
discharge home/community and
the prevention of ALC.
-Improving the capacity of the
long-term care sector to
support more short-stay and
restorative care options and
discharge back to the
-Enhanced CCAC and CSS
Services and linkages to
Primary Care.
-Leverage Elderly Persons Centres
to help strengthen social networks
and provide access to wellness
and prevention and care services.
-Improve access to
community-based therapy
services that optimize
functional capacity and
-Promote screening and early
linkage to the appropriate support
-Telehomecare, NLOTs and
Geriatric Services.
-Seamless and Safe discharges
facilitated by Rapid Response
Nurses emphasizing a
connection to the primary care
provider within 7 days of
-Specialized services for
residents with challenging
and complex behaviours
-Quality long-term care for
residents who require it
-Reduced ED/hospital
transfers through enhanced
NLOT services.
Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care – January 30, 2012
Seniors Care Strategy Lead Announced – May 24, 2012
Stakeholder Consultations – Summer 2012
Presentation of the Strategy and Implementation Plan to the
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care – Fall 2012
Once Approved, the Seniors Care Strategy Lead will work with
the health care sector to implement the strategy.
Seniors Strategy
This is Ontario’s Time to Lead
Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC
Provincial Lead
Ontario’s Seniors Strategy
[email protected]
Seniors Strategy

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