Last year around this time, TOTAL ABILITY was chosen as the research partner for the At Home First research project created and managed by Ability NB.
This pilot project was carried out province-wide by Project Lead Lise Bleau, an Occupational Therapist with more than 30 years of public, private, and community and facility expertise. I had the opportunity to serve as a Project Manager.
What does At Home First mean for seniors?
- At Home First is an exciting, New Brunswick-based research project created by Ability NB to enhance the capacity of seniors with a mobility disability to live independently at home and actively in our communities.
- Participants in the At Home First research project were New Brunswick seniors 55 years of age or older with a diagnosed mobility disability, such as spinal cord injury, Spinal Stenosis, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, arthritis or other conditions.
- At Home First gave these seniors an active voice in identifying the services and supports that work for them, while providing recommendations for the gaps and challenges that currently exist.
At Home First was designed to answer the following important questions:
- Which specific supports, services and best practices help seniors with a mobility disability to live independently at home and actively in the community?
- What is the state of current supports and services in New Brunswick for seniors with a mobility disability? What is working well? What is missing?
- What are the health, social and economic impacts of community-based planning services for seniors with a mobility disability?
The data collected during the study is being analyzed to identify effective community-based services and public policy for seniors with a mobility disability. The goal is to move toward development of those resources which are absent yet needed.
The results of the At Home First research project will be released later this year. Stay tuned!
I personally want to thank Executive Director Haley Flaro and the Board of Directors at Ability NB for entrusting TOTAL ABILITY with this important work. It has been a pleasure and an honour to collaborate with them on improving the lives of seniors in New Brunswick.
I would also like to thank occupational therapist Lilli Ju Lin who let us know about the request for proposal in the first place.
At TOTAL ABILITY, our occupational therapists have considerable experience helping seniors, enabling them to live active, independent lives. Read more about how we help seniors.