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Rural Health

Enhancing Health Care for Rural Residents

Rural health care needs are unique due to a variety of factors including location, recruitment and retention of health care professionals, low patient volumes and an aging population. The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) and rural health care service providers are committed to a collaborative approach to implement the 10 recommendations associated with the Waterloo Wellington Rural Health Care Report, 2010. Together, we are committed to enhancing access to quality health services for our rural residents.

Rural Health News

Rural Residents Supported Through Expanded Aging at Home Program

Rural residents of east Southgate and north Wellington will now have increased access to personal support services and other community-based programs through the expansion of an innovative initiative called the Integrated Assisted Living Program (IALP). Funded through the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s (WWLHINs) Aging at Home initiative, the IALP is delivered by the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (WWCCAC) to eligible adults, 65 years and older.

The goal of the Integrated Assisted Living Program is to support aging in place by preventing premature placement into long-term care, and eliminating medically unnecessary emergency department visits and hospitalizations by helping clients enhance their health status, well-being and quality of life. Through a community approach, the IALP provides personal support services to older adults with complex health needs who have limitations with activities of daily living.

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Recent News:

May 2 Meeting the Unique Care Needs of Rural Seniors
April 26 Waterloo Wellington Cancer Care Providers Recognized
Feb 28 Increasing Your Chances of Surviving a Heart Attack
Jan 19 Waterloo Wellington Long-Term Care Homes Demonstrate Commitment to Enhancing Quality of Care for Residents
Nov 11 Rural Residents Supported Through Expanded Aging at Home Program
Oct 27 A Shared Diagnostic Imaging Archive to Enhance Patient Care

Rural Record

The WWLHIN Rural Record provides an update on programs and initiatives to enhance health services for rural communities. It also includes a Progress Scorecard to track the implementation of the 10 recommendations outlined in the Rural Health Care Review Report.
Rural Record – January 2011

Rural Record - March 2011 

Rural Record - August 2011 

Rural Record - November 2011 

Rural Health Network

Terms of Reference 

Update - February 16th, 2012 Meeting 

Update - November 17th, 2011 Meeting 

Update - September 15th, 2011 Meeting 

Update - May 12th, 2011 Meeting 

Update - February 10th, 2011 Meeting 

Update – November 19th, 2010 Meeting

Rural Health Care Review Report

The final report was presented to the WWLHIN Board of Directors at the January 27, 2010 board meeting.

Rural Health Care Report - January 2010
Report Appendices - January 2010

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