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Nursing Home Without Walls

November 9, 2023

Shannex New Brunswick

Clarence Tucker, Ruth Gouchie, Dianne Ramsay, and Thelma
Sobey on Main Street, Losier Hall, NB

Shannex New Brunswick nursing homes, Embassy Hall, Cohen Hall, Tucker Hall, and Losier Hall, are opening their doors to older adults in the community as part of Nursing Homes Without Walls. This program will include the addition of a Senior Navigator role at these homes. These navigators will help provide access to support services and social health activities for seniors in the community while they continue to live at home.

Launched in 2019, the Nursing Home Without Walls (NHWW) initiative helps older adults to age in place by accessing supports and services at local nursing homes. NHWW was developed by the Research Centre on Aging at the Université de Moncton, in partnership with Healthcare Excellence Canada.

We look forward to offering services and opening our nursing homes to more seniors in the community.

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Nursing Home Without Walls Paves the Way for Seniors to Flourish at Home

January 19, 2024
Program Founder, Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard; Regional Manager of Nursing Home Services in Miramichi, Jeff Swaine; Seniors Navigator, Tammy Malley; MLA Michelle Conroy; Deputy Mayor, Paddy Quinn; Minister Responsible for Seniors, Honourable Kathy Bockus; MLA Réjean Savoie; Major Adam Lordon; and, Councilor Veronique Arseneault

Today, at Losier Hall in Miramichi, seniors from the local community came together to witness the launch of a Nursing Home Without Walls. This program, spearheaded by the visionary founder Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, is dedicated to providing essential support and services to older adults, enriching their lives while allowing them to age gracefully in their homes.

The event showcased the commitment of Nursing Home Without Walls to ensuring older adults and their families have access to vital services and information related to aging in place. The program aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness through innovative social health initiatives, recognizing the profound impact on both older adults and their caregivers.

Tammy Malley, a senior navigator, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to welcome seniors from the Miramichi community into Losier Hall today for the launch of the Nursing Home Without Walls initiative. As this program grows, we hope that it becomes the hub for seniors where they can access services to help them live better at home.”

The event hosted esteemed guests, including the Honourable Kathy Bockus, Minister responsible for Seniors, and local elected officials MLA Réjean Savoie, MLA Michelle Conroy, Mayor Adam Lordon, Deputy Mayor Paddy Quinn, and Councilor Veronique Arseneault. Their presence underscored the community’s collective commitment to empowering the local population to respond to the evolving needs of an aging demographic.

Nursing Home Without Walls is breaking down walls and fostering a supportive environment for seniors to age with dignity, surrounded by a caring community. The launch event marked the beginning of a brighter and more connected future for older adults in Miramichi.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us, including the Miramichi Fiddlers, for making this Grand Opening an incredible success.

Shannex is proud to participate in the Nursing Home Without Walls initiative. The Nursing Home Without Walls program is a collaboration between Social Development, the Université de Moncton, and Healthcare Excellence Canada. 

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Nursing Homes Without Walls: “We’ve been successful in helping people age in place”

March 20, 2024
Program Founder, Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard; Regional Manager of Nursing Home Services in Miramichi, Jeff Swaine; Seniors Navigator, Tammy Malley; MLA Michelle Conroy; Deputy Mayor, Paddy Quinn; Minister Responsible for Seniors, Honourable Kathy Bockus; MLA Réjean Savoie; Major Adam Lordon; and, Councilor Veronique Arseneault


Article: L’Acadie Nouvelle

Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, director of the Centre for Studies on Aging at the Université de Moncton, is thrilled: the New Brunswick government has successfully created a best-in-class social program, Nursing Home Without a Wall.

The exception that proves the rule. “I never thought it was possible,” says Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, a professor at the U de M’s School of Nursing. For me, this is the first time the New Brunswick government has created a program the right way from start to finish.”

The Child, Youth and Seniors Advocate, Kelly Lamrock, reminded us this week that the government does not sufficiently measure the results of its programs and lacks accountability when they fail to meet expectations.

The independent official argued that this problem has made the long-term care system, among other things, unreliable.

“Exactly everything that needs to be done happened for once, and it happened quickly,” Dupuis-Blanchard said.

She refers to Nursing Home Without Walls (FSSM), whose goal is to ensure that older adults can age in place with the necessary support (access to information and services as well as help with loneliness).

The provincial government announced it would implement this program during the March 2023 budget, with $2 million. One year later, the approach is working in 18 nursing homes, soon to be 20, out of 75.

Nursing Home Without a Wall began as a pilot project that ran from 2019 to 2023 in four long-term care facilities in Lamèque, Inkerman, Paquetville and Port Elgin. It involved 375 participants.

The project prevented 28% of them from making a visit to the emergency room for the wrong reasons (such as looking for information). It had an average satisfaction rating of 98%. It has also led to a decrease in seniors’ feelings of loneliness, an increase in knowledge about aging and support services, and an increase in feelings of security, according to Dupuis-Blanchard.

“We think that if we hadn’t intervened, people would have become more vulnerable and ended up in the emergency room in a matter of months,” she says. Their health can deteriorate in the event of changes, such as the death of a spouse, a course of chronic illness, renovations to the home, etc.”

SUPPORT SERVICES

The researcher believes that Nursing Home Without a Wall owes its success to its adaptability to the needs of the participants and its use of resources present in the communities (associations, experts, Ambulance NB, Vitalité and Horizon).

She adds that the voluntary nursing homes were able to find the necessary workforce quickly because they were looking for professionals other than orderlies and nurses.

“When it comes to aging in place, people have never identified access to medical services as a challenge,” says Dupuis-Blanchard. Instead, they pointed to support services (foot care, digital tablet loans, snow removal, etc.) and social services (activities, meals at home, friendly visits).”

She noted that FSSM participants indicated that they needed help bathing in Lamèque. In this case, part-time caregivers agreed to work more at the local home to provide the service, she said.

SPONTANEOUS 
CONGRATULATIONS

“FSSM is a tool that caregivers will be able to use,” Elda Savoie, a professor at the U of M’s School of Social Work, said during a symposium on aging on Wednesday.

“We receive spontaneous comments from caregivers who tell us: ‘Since mom is part of FSSM, she goes to the home and she goes out to activities, she is no longer the same, she is smiling again.’ It gives me chills just talking about it,” Dupuis-Blanchard said.

She said FSSM was the most field-impactful research project of her career.

“To see that we’ve really been able to help people stay at home… it’s something,” said the researcher, who was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing, for her major role in the development of a provincial strategy on aging, among other things.

NATIONAL INTEREST

Ms. Dupuis-Blanchard notes that households in the northwestern part of the province are slow to participate in FSSM. It notes that the participation of these organizations is voluntary. Their managers have received information about the program, including through the NB Association of Nursing Homes, she said.

“Nursing homes can apply to us. We then work with them to identify priorities in their community and see how they can address them,” says the researcher.

In the meantime, Ms. Dupuis-Blanchard is preparing to talk about FSSM much further west: in Vancouver. Interest in her approach is starting to be national, she says.

20 participating facilities offer the Nursing Homes Without Walls program

April 11, 2024

NEWS RELEASE: Le Moniteur Acadien

The Nursing Homes Without Walls program has expanded to include 20 participating facilities across the province. He reached his initial target.

Present in Fredericton, Saint-Jean and Bath, the program was recently launched in Moncton at the Shannex nursing home.

“Innovative programs, like this one, will play a leading role in allowing seniors to age with dignity, in the comfort of their home,” said the Minister responsible for Seniors, Kathy Bockus.

A partnership with Health Excellence Canada and the Center for the Study of Aging at the Université de Moncton supported the implementation and expansion of the program.

I am delighted that the program has grown so much since the launch of the pilot project, and that it continues to provide support to people who wish to age in place,” says the director of the research center, Suzanne. Dupuis-Blanchard.

The program improves access to health and social services for older adults living in the community. It began as a pilot project in 2019, and became permanent as part of the provincial health plan.

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