The Champlain Dementia Network provides leadership and support to the implementation of our regional dementia strategy. The Network represents organizations who provide dementia and dementia-related services across our region, together with caregivers, and works to ensure that there is a system of support that is tailored and targeted to the changing needs of persons with dementia and their families. Moreover, the Network is committed to support a “Dementia PLUS” model of care that recognizes that people living with dementia may be experiencing a myriad of other health issues (including diabetes, lung health issues, and cardiovascular issues), greatly increasing their medical complexity which means that we need to work closely with our partners.
Over the last two years, the CDN – with significant support from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network – has implemented a variety of initiatives, including:
- A multi-year public education and awareness campaign which is laying the groundwork for dementia-friendly communities (rethinkdementia.ca)
- Collaborative service models of dementia and primary care, building capacity of family physicians to detect, diagnose and intervene with people living with dementia,
- A coordinated access pilot project focused on increasing capacity of existing staff working in healthcare organizations to better hear and meet the needs of people living with dementia and their families,
- Streamlined risk assessment and referral processes for people with suspected cognitive impairment for use in other sectors, beginning with diabetes programs.
If you are interested in learning more about our network, or getting involved in our work, you can contact our Project Manager, Natasha Poushinsky (613.807.8989 or email@example.com).