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Member, Opportunities for Older Adults Committee

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in Kamloops and surrounding area

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Interior Health is looking for people interested in seniors’ health care services who can contribute their voice to the development of the Opportunities for Older Adults Committee Strategy and Framework. The Older Adults Committee is looking for up to four patient partners to join their team in co-creating this strategy that will guide health services across the region for seniors.

Open to: Patient partners in Kamloops and surrounding area

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health - Primary Care

Aim

The role of the patient partners will be to contribute their perspectives as the committee strives to develop:
  • Initiatives to support primary care physicians in their practice with older adult patients
  • Ways to provide sessional time, in-practice supports and pilot projects to support this work
  • Strategies for patient medicalhome supports and Primary Care Network planning
  • Supports for bringing partners together
  • Provision of education, networking, referral pathways and strengthening linkages

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Eligibility

  • Experience working in groups
  • Ability to access email and attend in-person meeting would be an asset
  • Knowledge about seniors and or senior's programs is required
  • Candidates will have the ability to share their story and contribute to dialogue of the group

Logistics

Vacancies: 2-4 Location, date, time and frequency:
  • Meetings are in person or by teleconference every second month either in Kamloops or at a predetermined location for two hours.
  • It's expected that this committee will meet for at least one year or more.

Reimbursement

Preapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to Interior Health Travel Policy (including mileage, parking and or public transit.)

Background

This opportunity has come about as a result of ongoing work and initiatives important to the Ministry of Health, Health Authorities, Divisions of Family Practice and other Stakeholders. In October 2015 a report was submitted called "Repositioning Health Care for Older Adults". In this report many recommendations were made regarding strategies and frameworks to improve care for older adults. There is continued support to bring this work forward in order to understand key learnings and how they may be implemented.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Jacquelyne Foidart
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Thompson Cariboo and Kootenays
250.879.1077
jfoidart@bcpsqc.ca

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