Supporting Ontario Health Teams to Influence Alternate Level of Care

Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) have been advised that their collaborative Quality Improvement Plans (cQIP) are required to focus on improving overall access to care in the most appropriate setting (Ontario Health, August 2021). This includes an expectation that OHTs will implement services and supports for their attributed population to influence the indicator “Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Days”.

OHTs have requested support to operationalize activities that can assist them in their efforts to help individuals at risk for protracted hospital stays (e.g. ALC designation). Many such individuals may be older adults living with multiple, complex health conditions. In concert with colleagues leading Senior Friendly Care initiatives across Ontario, Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario is pleased to share the attached information to support OHTs.

The attached information builds on the work of the Provincial ALC Leading Practices Working Group and the newly revised Alternate Level of Care Leading Practices Guide: Preventing Hospitalization and Extended Stays for Older Adults and the companion Self-Assessment Tool .

With a focus on activities that can occur in community settings, the attached information can assist OHTs to pursue the following goals:

  1. Facilitate proactive identification and promote practices in care and self-management that prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older adults
  2. Care Plan Development & Ongoing Re-Assessment
  3. Delivery of Interventions/Senior Friendly Care
  4. Proactive Transitions

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