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Leadership begins with a vision. That is why the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence has undertaken an initiative to help develop a consistent vision for Campuses of Care throughout the Greater Vancouver region.

Campuses of Care enable residents to “age in place” in a familiar community of their choice. Widely considered the most desirable and cost-efficient way to age, aging-in-place is a concept that allows seniors to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Or, if they move to a care facility, it allows them to remain on the same campus site, even as their need for care changes.

Growing older in a familiar environment is a concept that promotes independence and improves quality of life, but is not easy to implement given new provincial policies for admission into residential care. This is why the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence has taken on this leadership role ensuring Campuses of Care are defined similarly across the health region.

Ensuring a consistent vision will not only guide the future planning of Campus of Care sites, but also enables the Centre for Healthy Aging to lead a longitudinal study to understand if Campus of Care outcomes have been achieved. Ultimately, such leadership will help enhance the health and well being of all campus residents.