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Research Program for the Evaluation of Better At Home: Design, Reflections and Early Findings
In 2006, a report by the Premier’s Council on Aging and Seniors’ Issues recommended that the province increase the availability of home support services in order to help the growing population of seniors to retain their independence and connection with their communities. The BC Ministry of Health responded by developing the Better at Home initiative in partnership with the United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM). This initiative was designed to assess the ability of communities to provide and deliver a basket of non-medical home support services through local groups, i.e., outside the formal health care system.
In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the mixed-methods research program for the evaluation of Better at Home, which includes qualitative, longitudinal survey and administrative data components. More specifically, this talk will comprise discussion of the study design (and associated challenges), and early findings from the qualitative and survey work.