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McMaster primary care program supports seniors, reduces hospital visits
October 8 2020 - "We were trying to weave together the various threads of the health care system, the patient’s journey, their care providers, and really trying to weave a tapestry"
Parents Are Hard to Raise
June 18, 2019 - Dr. Doug Oliver discusses how Health TAPESTRY is using technology, people and community to help our aging parents live healthier, longer.
Health TAPESTRY: Strengthening the Fabric of Care
May 6, 2019 - "Ontario’s publicly funded health system needs innovation in cost-effective care that improves patient outcomes and patient experience. Health TAPESTRY meets all of these requirements and if its evaluation remains positive, expect Health TAPESTRY to scale across the province and nation" - Dr. Bob Bell
Results from study published in CMAJ
May 6, 2019 - Results from the 2015 pragmatic randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the impact of Health TAPESTRY found that older adults who participated in the program had fewer hospitalizations, spent more time walking, and saw their primary health care team more. These results are very promising and signal that Health TAPESTRY can shift the focus of health care from treatment to prevention.
Department of Family Medicine and Canadian Red Cross Strategic Alliance
April 3, 2019 - This strategic alliance connects the Department of Family Medicine's expertise in academic research and primary care with the Canadian Red Cross's expertise in supporting health through trained volunteers and responding in times of disaster. Our collaboration on projects such as Health TAPESTRY is extending the reach of primary care teams through the strengths of trained compassionate volunteers in the community.
Health TAPESTRY featured on City Matters
March 27, 2019 - Dr. Doug Oliver and Canadian Red Cross Volunteer Alethea Ouzas discuss how Health TAPESTRY is bringing together people, communities and health care teams to provide proactive care to seniors.
Program helps seniors remain at home safely
February 21, 2019 - “We’re always surprised by the depth of information. They’re able to identify early health issues that are beginning to arise, and we can assign resources to patients before they need intervention, which is what makes such a big difference.” says David Price.
Health TAPESTRY program aims to keep seniors healthy and in their homes
June 16, 2018 - Hamilton Volunteer Coordinator, Nelson Ruiz Blanco, explains the role of Canadian Red Cross volunteers in connecting clients with their community to ensure they can stay healthy for longer at home.
Weaving care for healthy, happy seniors
May 1, 2018 - Michelle Brisbois at the Superior Family Health Team anticipates the implementation of Health TAPESTRY among Sault and area seniors.
A new approach to health – ‘TAPESTRY’ pilot aims to help people stay in their homes
December 13, 2017 - Health TAPESTRY received a $1.5 million Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care grant to implement Health TAPESTRY in six new communities.
NOTL selected as sixth Ontario site for Health TAPESTRY
December 12, 2017 - Niagara-on-the-Lake has been chosen as one of the six sites in Ontario to participate in Health TAPESTRY. Recruitment for the program begins late January.
Unique health program expands across Ontario
June 6, 2017 - Health TAPESTRY is receiving a $3 million boost to expand, with half the funds from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and half from Hamilton businessman David Braley. "Connecting community and health resources locally, which Health TAPESTRY is doing, is a key step in providing the care they need closer to home. This community program is an exciting and innovative initiative." Says Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.