Funding for Elder care

Interior Health and the First Nations Health Authority will work together to bring Elder care closer to home.

The health authorities will contribute $3 million to the project.

IH will provide $2 million annually for nursing enhancement to support Elders and those with chronic conditions, while FNHA will provide $1 million  to support community preparedness.

“As 7 Nations of the Interior we sat together to determine how the funding could have the most significant impact across our region,” said Ko’waintco Michel, co-chair of the partnership accord leadership table.

“We agreed that no community should be left behind, and that increasing access to primary health care services closer to home was the area of greatest need. We appreciate Interior Health showing leadership in their flexibility in allowing us to define how best to meet the need in our communities by following a decision-making process that works for our Interior Nations.”

Nursing enhancement will improve access to culturally safe, holistic and quality healthcare services for Elders living in community, including those living with chronic conditions.

The investment is also aligned with IH’s shifting focus on the development of community resources to support individuals in remaining in their homes longer, and renewed systems of care to improve access and service quality across rural and remote communities for cultural safety.

FNHA investment will  begin next year, while the ongoing investment by Interior Health will begin in 2019.

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