home care, outpatient services and othercommunity supports to ensure you getthe best care possible—with or withouthaving to go to a hospital or emergencydepartment.
With the enhancing care in thecommunity strategy, you becomea partner in your own healthcare.Community-based services––such asmeal delivery, home care and mentalhealth support––become part of yourhealthcare network.
The first step is to give you the toolsyou need to stay healthy. When youneed more care and support, they’ll bethere––just as they are now––and they’llbe easier to connect to. Other serviceswill include:•;Wellness and prevention advice•;Respite and relief for family caregivers•;Palliative care by paramedics.
Such supports are at the heart of
Helping at home
enhancing care in the community. They
will make it easier to avoid going to the
emergency department, allow you to
leave the hospital sooner, prevent illness,
Enhancing care in the community
means better health and wellness, and
more accessible healthcare at a cost
Albertans can afford. It means a greater
sense of wellness. You will get what you
need quickly because healthcare will be
easier to access and deliver.
One example of enhancing care in thecommunity is through paramedicsproviding care at home for seniors andAlbertans with chronic diseases orspecial health needs. More than 90 percent of patients seen by a communityparamedic avoid going to a hospital.
That means thousands of Albertansreceive the care they need, at home.
Alberta Health Services has invested
significantly in continuing care,
In 2017, AHS delivered home care to
more than 118,000 Albertans, an eight per
cent increase over 2013.
AHS is also providing more supportsfor people when they’re discharged fromhospital. For example, in Calgary, theRockyview General Hospital’s ComplexCare Hub teams work with patients tocreate an advance care plan (containedwithin their Green Sleeve) to take withthem when they leave the hospital. Theplan outlines what type of care theywant to receive and who will speak ontheir behalf if they cannot speak forthemselves.
Helping our hospitals
Enhancing care in the communityis not about eliminating or reducinghospital services––hospitals will remainan important hub of healthcare.
In fact, community-based care helpshospitals, by easing demand on acutecare and freeing up beds and specializedservices for those who need them most.