Alternatives to Institutional Care for Older People

The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Institutional Care for Older People with On-going Complex Care Needs: A Systematic Review

Project Status:In progress

Knowledge User(s)

Patient and Public Partner

Patient/Public Partner(s)

Bob Brown, Darlene Durant, Brenda MacKenzie, Linda Adamson, Mary McDaid

Project Trainee(s)

Haila Kottwitz


Lori Weeks, Marilyn Macdonald, Caitlin McArthur, Rebecca Affoo, Susan Stevens

Funding Source(s)

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Evidence Alliance

Project Objectives

To determine the effectiveness of alternatives to institutional care for older people with on-going complex care needs on quality of life and health system outcomes.

Research Approach

Systematic Review

Project Lead(s)

Elliot PausJenssen

Position: Patient Partner, Saskatoon Council on Aging

Ms. Elliot PausJenssen is an older adult who feels fortunate to be able to work in retirement on issues she cared about during her years as social worker in geriatric assessment. These include senior-friendly health care and housing, age-friendly community development, human rights of older adults, elder abuse and senior-to-senior bullying. She has recently served on the Boards of the Saskatoon Council on Aging, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (external member) and continues to be an active volunteer with SCOA. She is a member of the newly formed SK Human Rights Commission Advisory Committee. She has engaged in participatory research on age-friendly Saskatoon (a citizen led initiative), promoting aging in place, peer bullying in seniors subsidized housing, and an intervention program to influence residents interactions. She values involvement in the SPOR Evidence Alliance and its Knowledge Translation Committee. Ms. PausJenssen has been married over 50 years, and has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Elliot PausJenssen

Patient Partner, Saskatoon Council on Aging

Ms. Elliot PausJenssen is an older adult who feels fortunate...

Elaine Moody

Position: Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University

Elaine Moody is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University, affiliate scientist with Nova Scotia Health, and associate scientist with Maritime SPOR Support Unit. Her scholarship is focused on better understanding the context of health and health care for older people, particularly those with complex health and social care needs, such as those with frailty, multi-morbidity and dementia. Elaine has expertise in qualitative research methods, including conducting interviews and focus groups with older people with dementia and healthcare providers, and in conducting various types of systematic reviews.

Elaine Moody

Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University

Elaine Moody is an assistant professor in the School of...

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