NEW MODEL OF CARE TRANSFORMING LIVES OF OLDER CANADIANS

Dec 16, 2018

By Christine Ross

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The Zoomer advocacy group CARP is lobbying governments to create a new model of long term care. CARP’s national legal director Laura Tamblyn Watts says models like the Butterfly Program are transforming care. It teaches long term care workers to find ways of connecting with residents through music, conversation and activities related to their past. The program is currently being used in Peel Region. Watts says these programs are improving care through emotion-focused programs by creating an atmosphere of empathy and friendship. Ontario’s two long term care associations are now also pushing for similar changes in the province with programs that put the residents’ interests first. This fall, CARP launched a national campaign leading up to next year’s election with seniors health a top priority. CARP has a national membership of over 300,000 and has been instrumental in improving the lives for older Canadians.

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