This paper provides an overview of the current state of seniors’ services in Ontario, as well as insights into approaches to capacity planning and development from the sector. It highlights OANHSS member innovations that can serve as models for sustainable capacity building, as well as the unique base of knowledge and expertise that exists among not-for-profit service providers who act as coordinators of local seniors’ care. It also suggests next steps for capacity planning and development activities in Ontario.
One of the key elements of the paper is that it stresses the importance of both capacity planning and capacity development in creating an informed, realistic and integrated system-wide strategy to meet the needs of seniors.
The paper was informed in part by the proceedings from an OANHSS-led Capacity Planning Summit held last November with close to 100 key stakeholders from the seniors’ sector and various branches of the Ontario government.
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