•;Reducing the pressures on you andyour family and possibly speeding uprecovery
•;Reducing the amount of care you may
need in the future
•;Helping make our health system
sustainable as the population grows
Enhancing care in the community isthe strategy for ensuring the right care isprovided in the right place. And it willease the pressure in our hospitals andemergency departments.
1 Home is healthier
And it’s where patients and familieswant to be. It’s where they feel safeand it’s where they feel the mostconnected to the people in their lives.
As well, people gain strength andenergy faster when they recoverat home. They have an easier timewalking and moving, and they canavoid falls and infections.
2 Albertans want to be healthier
For life. Enhancing care in thecommunity means better health andbetter healthcare, at a cost Albertanscan afford.
3 Alberta’s hospitals and emergency
departments are overflowing
By enhancing care in the community,we can ease pressures on hospitalsand build the right services tosupport Alberta’s growing andaging population. Since 2010, AHShas opened 6,196 new spaces forindividuals who need facility-basedcare and supports. The investmentin community health servicesis reducing overall increases tohealthcare costs in Alberta.
What is community-based care?
Enhancing care in the community is a
team approach to healthcare, with you
and your family at the centre. It brings
together programs such as primary care,
home care, mental health, nutrition and
public health. And it links primary care,
Increasingly, however, people who
both receive and deliver healthcare
recognize that, for many people, the best
place for healthcare is at home, or as
close to home as possible.
That’s what enhancing care in thecommunity is about—offering the bestcare where it makes the most sense. It’s anew and different way of thinking abouthow to provide healthcare and how tohelp you be your healthiest. It bringshealthcare to you, in your communityor even in your living room. Mostimportantly, it puts you first by:
•;Helping you stay healthy and betterunderstand the risks of illness
•;Making you an active partner in yourhealth to improve your quality of life
In Alberta, and around the world, people share commonviews about health. They want to feel well, be well and beindependent—throughout their lives. They want healthcareservices to be there for them when they need them, andthey want their care to be close to home.