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CURRENT ISSUE: Winter 2017

Access the Spring 2018 issue below.

In this issue, read about the Foundation’s role in Ontario’s new family caregiver organization, Ontario’s first celebration of Young Carers Awareness Day, a guest blog on the impacts of being a young carer, as well as insights from our speakers series on integrated care. 

See current and previous articles below:

Changing CARE: Success built on a strong foundation

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the four Changing CARE teams launched their innovative, caregiver-focused projects. 

One year, 15 cross-cutting working group sessions, 17 bi-weekly project managers meetings, and numerous steering committee meetings, to be more precise. Most impressively, across the four teams, more than 650 caregivers have participated, informed and partnered on the change they’d like to see.

Leadership is key, and other lessons learned from the UK’s Helen Bevan

The way to get stronger is to let go of power, according to what Helen Bevan of England’s National Health System told a group of leaders in Ontario health care at The Change Foundation recently. That seemingly paradoxical notion made sense to those of us gathered there once we grasped Bevan’s argument that only by shifting to different kinds of power, finding it in the hands of different people and using it in different ways will health systems be sustainable and provide the care patients deserve.

Raising awareness for young carers in Ontario

When we hosted Ontario’s first ever young carers forum in late November, 2017, we shined a long overdue spotlight on Ontario’s young carers.

We asked the young carers present—a group that is too often overlooked— to share their experiences, journeys, and stories, so that we can all work together to drive meaningful change. For many of them, the forum was the first time they had ever interacted with other young carers, the first time they were asked about their experience, and the first time they felt like the experiences they were sharing could make a difference.

Command and control not the way to integrated care

It’s a good thing the meeting room at the Change Foundation has big windows, considering the rate at which Geoff Huggins was throwing accepted wisdom out of them during his recent visit. Huggins is director for health and social care integration in Scotland. He described his role as one of strategic and policy responsibility — but added “both of those are really quite outdated concepts.” So that was the first idea of how to bring about change that got tossed.

Changing CARE for caregivers

Back in 2015, when we first waded into the unknown waters of the caregiver experience, we weren’t sure what we were getting into. But what we did know was that The Change Foundation, as an independent and unbiased organization, was uniquely placed to explore this issue with both caregivers themselves and the providers who intersect with them in Ontario’s health and community care system. So, while the path forward wasn’t exactly clear, we were confident it was the right time and opportunity for us to lead this necessary provincial conversation.

Integrated care: reach across, don’t dictate down

There’s broad agreement that integrated healthcare serves patients better, eases the burden on caregivers and improves system accountability and efficiency. There are excellent examples of it in many countries and multiple efforts to create it here in Canada. Yet progress toward it remains frustratingly slow.

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