On January 18, 2017, The Change Foundation announced their Changing CARE partnerships, the result of a search launched in summer 2016 for Ontario health care delivery or service organizations willing to create new and innovative partnerships with family caregivers to improve their experience in Ontario’s health and community care systems. This was the next phase in their Out of the Shadows and Into the Circle strategic plan, which focused on the importance of improving experiences for patients and family caregivers.
North Perth and STAR FHTs are partner organizations in one of the community partnerships that successfully received funding for their Connecting the Dots…Smoothing Transitions for Family Caregivers initiative. Their fellow organizations are Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, One Care Home and Community Support Services, South West CCAC, and South West LHIN.
Located in Huron and Perth counties, this partnership project is focused on addressing the needs of family caregivers through defining and recognizing their role and co-designing systems of care provision and communication that meet caregiver needs. For a full description and to learn more about the Changing CARE partnerships, visit The Change Foundation’s website.
Through Changing CARE, The Change Foundation will provide initial funding for each partnership of up to $75,000 for the first four months and then $750,000 to $1,000,000 in each of the next three subsequent years (upon final approval by their Board). Out of 75 proposals submitted for funding only four were chosen.