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Aging at Home Community Innovation Exchange

 

Aging at Home Community Innovation Exchange - February 20, 2008

On February 20, 2008, LHINs across Ontario participated in an interactive videoconference titled, “Aging at Home Community Innovation Exchange.”  The focus of the day could be best described as “leveraging change through innovation”, as LHINs from across Ontario had the opportunity to showcase innovative ideas that engage local, traditional and non-traditional partners in supporting seniors to live healthy, an independent lives in their homes longer  In total, 900 participants from across the province participated in the session, with five LHINs presenting innovative ideas that had been developed locally.

Here at the Mississauga Halton LHIN Office in Oakville, we had 37 members of the community join us for this day of sharing and inspiration, as well as five Board members and six LHIN staff, for a total of 48 participants.  The community members came from a wide range of backgrounds, including representatives from many of our providers, retired volunteers, seniors, families / caregivers, and members of our Detailed Planning and Action Teams.  After the videoconference, participants here engaged in a lively discussion about learnings from the morning and how the ideas presented could be applied locally in the Mississauga Halton LHIN.  We then had the opportunity to engage in some dialogue and explore innovative ideas and approaches that could be unique to our LHIN to help seniors stay healthy and live at home longer.

Early feedback from the day indicated that participants enjoyed the session. Many excellent and intriguing ideas were generated during the discussion period, as well as some general recommendations for consideration as we move forward with Years 2 and 3 of the Aging at Home Strategy.  We would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all of our participants who helped to make the event such a success. 

For participants who would like to review the session and for those of you who were not able to join us for the day, a video webcast of the event is available online through the Ontario Telemedicine Network.  To access the video webcast, please click on the link below:

http://webcast.otn.ca/archives.html (select TSM # 3409463 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)