Harmonizing Health-Care Services for the Elderly
Senior citizens’ independence can decrease gradually with age, yet most senior citizens would prefer to live at home as long as possible. This situation, coupled with an aging population and higher life expectancies, is leading to necessary advances as we try to align our health and social services for the elderly with their wishes.
Canada is a recognized leader in creating models for integrating these services into existing health and social systems. Still, there are many unanswered questions about how professionals can best adopt and adapt these models in their local contexts.
As Canada Research Chair in Professional Practices in Integrating Gerontology Services, Dr. Yves Couturier is studying how health and social service professionals in Canada are putting these models into practice in their day-to-day activities.
By comparing service integration practices across various clinical settings—in different fields and countries—Couturier’s work will spark innovation in service integration in Canada. Sharing innovations is essential to understanding how they can be implemented sustainably. This knowledge will help Canada support the changes needed to successfully integrate services for seniors.
By studying how other communities integrate services for their own elderly populations, Couturier’s research may lead to new innovations and strategies that can be applied in Canada, and will increase Canadian expertise in the field.