In December of 2016 the GNWT Department of Health and Social Services, specifically the Seniors and Continuing Care Services Division, approached the NWT Seniors’ Society with an offer to work collaboratively with them and other key stakeholders to learn more about the advance care directions and palliative care wishes of older adults in the NWT.
This project touches on common and consistent issues in palliative care that have been identified previously on several occasions such as the goals of care, tools to facilitate this for clients and service providers, as well as involvement of stakeholders so tools meet needs. It was noted that the idea of palliative care has been changing, becoming a total approach to care and a quality of life issue.
Based on these efforts and the previous work completed across the NWT, it was determined that the Department of Health and Social Services in collaboration with the NWT Seniors Society will create the Getting to Know Me: Aging in Place Advisory Group involving older adults, health care professionals, and other key stakeholders involved with older adults in the NWT.
The focus of the Advisory Group’s work would be to create a deliverable which was informed by stakeholders and that would help individuals and service providers facilitate the discussion of issues surrounding palliative care across the whole continuum of care.
As of this writing, work is ongoing related to this project with plans to meet several times in 2017, and the establishment and carrying out of a focus group in early 2018.