Deciding whether to stay in your own home or move to a care facility

August 5, 2014

Dr. Dawn Stacey has been awarded a four -year grant valued at $680,555 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to train health providers in home -care teams across Quebec in shared decision making regarding seniors and their decision to continue living in their home or move to a care facility. This decision is one of the toughest for older Canadians to make. Decisions related to living environments that are informed, shared and supported produce better results. An inter-professional approach to shared decision-making is when seniors and their caregivers collaborate in making decisions with two or more professionals involved in their care. Dr. Stacey plans to assess the program's impact by measuring to what extent seniors say they took part in the decision-making process. She and her team will also look at the option each senior chose, whether they regret their decision, its impact on their quality of life, and how much health-care providers involved their patients in the decision-making process.

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