extra support at home.
The AHS Home Care program firstassesses and then, provided it’s safe todo so, looks after people in their homesand communities.
From 2017 to 2018, home andcommunity care expenditures increasedby $134 million. This represents20. 5 per cent of Alberta Health Services’expenditures.
Sage Amor was just a toddler when hewas diagnosed with a brain tumour. Heand his parents faced months in hospitalfor surgery and chemotherapy.
Instead, the new Hospital at Homeprogram at Alberta Children’s Hospitalin Calgary allowed Sage to get treatmentat home.
“This program has had a huge impact
on our lives and the ability to lead a
more regular life,” says Hilary Daum,
Sage’s mother. “It’s comforting to have
Sage sit on my lap and be surrounded by
all his toys while he’s getting treatment.”
When Jaye Fredrickson was diagnosed
with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
10 years ago, her family and friendsstepped up to care for her. As the diseaseprogressed, her care became harder.
She wasn’t so sick that she needed tobe hospitalized and she didn’t want tomove into a continuing care facility. ButFredrickson and her family caregiversneeded help. The Alberta Health ServicesHome Care program fit her needs andshe continues to live at home with herhusband and son.
“We could not have managed withouthome care, and we understand howmuch this care has improved the qualityof our lives as a family living with a life-changing disease,” Fredrickson says.
Those whose family cannot providesupport in a home setting are typicallyadmitted to hospital. Fredrickson wasable to avoid hospitalization with some
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Established in 2012, the Hospital at Homeprogram is the first of its kind in Canada forhematology, oncology, and blood and marrowtransplant care. About 15 per cent of suchpatients at the Alberta Children’s Hospital arenow treated through the program.
Oncology nurses have made some 3,000home visits since the program started, caringfor kids from birth to 17 years old.
The program lets families keep a moreregular schedule and reduces time away fromwork, school––and life.
“I can’t express the impact this programhas had on our entire family, and especiallyon Sage,” Daum says. “Being so young,having the least amount of stress possible bynot having to go to the hospital is huge.” |a