Coordinating Access to Specialized Geriatric Services: A Review of Evidence and Current Practice

This report summarizes the results of a review of available literature, organizational processes and expert opinion and informs best practices in coordinated access mechanisms. The results can aid improved coordination between services and create scalable mechanisms for coordinating access to required services, optimizing care for older adults living with complexity in the community.

First Nations Aging Study

This study, completed in 2019, through a partnership between the Chiefs of Ontario and university researchers was the first Ontario-wide profile of aging in First Nations populations.

Cognitive Screening Toolkit

This new Toolkit can serve as a resource for clinicians to better understand cognitive screening tools, which have been validated in Primary Care settings and are available for free. This toolkit can help in selecting the appropriate cognitive screening tool to use with primary care patients.

Designing Integrated Care for Older Adults Living with Complex and Chronic Health Needs: A Scoping Review

This scoping review , developed by the Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Office, examines the literature to highlight core design elements that can assist planners, policy makers, health leaders and clinicians in their health system design work. It is also relevant to older persons and family/friend caregivers who, with this information in hand, can contribute to design and evaluation of the services intended to support them.

Submission – Ontario’s Seniors Strategy (July 2019)

In May 2019, in anticipation of the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility’s consultation, the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario canvassed clinical leaders from across the field of geriatrics. The purpose was to gather expert insights pertinent to the needs of seniors living with frailty, in order to inform the anticipated Ontario Seniors Strategy. This report summarizes the input received from 65 clinical experts from across Ontario, whose daily work focuses on the unique needs of older people living with frailty, and their caregivers.
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What We Heard Report

To understand and respond to the learning needs of family and friend caregivers of seniors living with frailty, the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (RGPO) initiated the Caregiver Education and Training Project. Based on a co-design process to develop educational resources for caregivers of seniors living with frailty, we hosted 10 focus groups in communities across Ontario. Connecting with 133 caregivers and 78 interprofessionals, this report highlights what we heard.

Planning for Older Adults Living with Frailty – SGS Asset Mapping Report

This exercise was envisioned as a first step in capacity planning, with a primary goal of informing a current state view of the supply and utilization of health services designed for older people living with frailty (e.g. specialized geriatric services) to contribute to future capacity planning.

Organization Design for Geriatrics: An Evidence Based Approach

This handbook is aimed at providing an evidence‐based approach to service delivery for the elderly patient in core specialized geriatric services. Core inpatient services include geriatric rehabilitation, assessment and consultation services. Core outpatient programs include geriatric outreach, outpatient clinics and geriatric day hospitals. In addition, there are a number of condition‐specific units, focused or innovative areas of care.