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Kipling Primary Health Care testing dementia care

Sun Country Health Region’s Primary Health Care Team in Kipling is partnering with a University of Saskatchewan research group to examine the best approach to providing dementia care in rural areas.

Care for people with dementia and their families is a growing social challenge. In Saskatchewan, there are approximately 18,000 residents living with Alzheimer’s and other related diseases and within a generation there will be 28,099 persons (2.3 per cent of the population) dealing with the disease(s). 

Currently in Saskatchewan, there are about 4,124 new cases of a dementia-related disease each year. By the year 2038, that number will almost double to 8,140 new cases each year.

The University of Saskatchewan research group is called Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR).  With Sun Country Health Region, its five-year project will develop and evaluate models of primary health care   for effective and sustainable rural dementia care.

Last summer, Kipling’s Primary Health Care team agreed to test a RaDAR dementia model. The working group on the project includes Nurse Practitioner Jeanie Daku, Occupational Therapist Hatsue Bista, Home Care Nurse Heather Dew and representatives from long term care and acute care.

Part of the research project involves interviews with Kipling Primary Health Care team members, patients and families in Kipling and area, and regional decision makers.

The data collected will provide information on current dementia care practices and identify gaps in service delivery. It will also provide information on the supports needed for rural Primary Health Care teams to implement and sustain best practices for dementia care.

RaDar released preliminary findings from its research in mid January 2015. The Kipling team will be using information from that report to explore ways to better meet the needs of clients with dementia and their informal and formal caregivers.

The Kipling Primary Health Care site is the test site in this Region, after which the project will spread to the seven other primary health care sites in Sun Country Health Region.

Posted Feb. 4 

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