This pilot project provided a community-based day program to both people with physical impairments and people with cognitive impairments. The challenge was to meet the diverse needs of these different populations in the same program, as required by the budget of a small jurisdiction. Evaluation after one year indicated a high level of client satisfaction, including appreciation from family caregivers for the respite the day program offered them. The day program saved money by delaying institutionalization and decreasing the number of hours of home care provided to these clients. The report concluded that such a program can work; indeed, longer-term funding has subsequently been obtained to continue the program.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.