This program has been developed by Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Division, the Home and Community Care advisor for Health Canada is Beth Megale.
This program is being put into place by three bands in this area and all three bands have agreed to work together to implement the program. The bands are Pavilion, Bridge River, Cayoose Creek. These bands have hired Charlene William to implement the program.
So far we have a Home and Community Care Committee. That consist of two people from each band. They are who approves anything to do with the program. The Committee members for Pavilion are Leo Porter and Iraleigh Ritchie. From Cayoose is Trudy Redan and Marge Grant and From Bridge River is Fay Michel and Bradley Jack. We have regular committee meetings.
We have hired Mary St. Dennis to be our "Home Care Nurse" her job responsibility will be to do Client Assessments and set up Care Plans. We also have students who are getting trained as "Certified" Home support workers, they will be finished their training on February 20th, 2004. Health Canada has approved the funding for the program and we are currently working on having the funding in place for a start date of April 1,2004.
The program will offer is what is called "Essential Services" and this will include: Client Assessments, Managed Care, Referrals and Linkages to Services and Other Care Providers(we will work with other service providers in this area). Home Care Nursing to include, chronic, acute, palliative or rehabilitative care needs. Limited services to include assessment, direct care, case management, health teaching, support consultation, liaison and referral. Home Care nursing will be provided to the home of the client in need of care and / or at the Band office. Home Support Services, under the supervision of the Home and Community Care Coordinator or the Home Care nurse, will include Personal Care specifically: assistance with activities related to daily living such as bathing, grooming, dressing, care of bed bound clients including turning, back rubs, routine skin care, and mobility assistance.
Home Management Services- Light housekeeping duties, laundry, meal preparation. (These services will be provided by the Adult In Home Care Program). In- Home Respite- will be based on "Client Assessment" and coordinated with other health care providers. The goal of this service is to provide safe care of clients in short time intervals to support the caregiver so that she/he can continue to provide care for the client and therefore delay or prevent the need for institutional care. A limit of time allowed for in-home respite will be determined on a case by case basis by the Home Care Nurse. This service will be based on a number of factors, ie: the number of clients requiring home care in the community and the amount of time spent caring for them, this service will be monitored closely as we will need to make sure that one client does not take a disproportionate amount of time and leave other clients without services. Medical Supplies and Equipment- we do have some medical supplies on hand, however; if anyone is going to be needing supplies like dressing changes or equipment than this will go the usual process of getting a "Prescription" from their doctor for approval of these supplies. If any of our supplies are used they need to be replenished.
This program will also offer " Supportive Services" which is different for each band. Some of the suggested "Supportive Services" are as follows:
· Transportation to medical appointments
· Wellness activities for elderly and disabled
· Translation and medical escort for doctor appointments
· Health education, promotion, wellness and/or fitness programs
· Home Management
"Supportive Services" will not be included in the program until all of the "Essential Services" are in place and there is enough funding to allow for the "Supportive Services".
Ama Swa7 H&CC Phone number: 1(250)256-4204
Ama Swa7 H&CC - 1- 866-552-2275
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