The Provincial Advisory Council on Seniors and Continuing Care
aims to identify needs, gaps, opportunities
WRITTEN BY DOUG HORNER
A group of volunteers from acrossAlberta is working with Alberta HealthServices to provide advice on ways toimprove quality, access and sustainabilityof seniors and continuing care services.
Created in January 2018, theProvincial Advisory Council on Seniorsand Continuing Care is made up ofAlbertans who have strong personal andprofessional backgrounds, connectionsand experiences with continuing care.
The volunteers help by providing
advice for Alberta Health Services’
Ray Clark, 72, is the chair of the new
group, but he is no stranger to this kind of
volunteer work. He has been part of the
Provincial Advisory Council on Cancer
for the past six years. Clark, who is retired
from a career in urban planning, says his
team will collect information from across
the province about possible gaps and
opportunities for seniors and others.
“It’s a bit of a shock when you end
up going into a system that you know
nothing about and you don’t know
where you’re going,” Clark says. It’s
essential, he says, that seniors and
caregivers understand what services
are available, as well as how and when
to access them. Current priorities
include innovative programs specific to
enhancing care in the community. |a
The council meets four timesa year. Meetings are planned forSept. 7 and 8 in Calgary,and Nov. 16 and 17 in Edmonton.For more information on thesemeetings or others, go toalbertahealthservices.ca andsearch provincial advisorycouncil on seniors and continuingcare.
Volunteers with the Provincial Council on Seniors and Continuing Care give input to AHS on how care for seniors can be improved.