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Continuing Care in Indigenous Communities

Métis and First Nations communities have expressed they would like resources to assist in the development of continuing care services that meet their unique needs.

This guidebook is intended to support Alberta First Nations and Métis communities to develop or expand continuing care services in their communities.  It includes information about:

  • Continuing Care in Alberta
    • Accessing continuing care
    • Types of continuing care
  • Starting a conversation with AHS
  • Determining the needs of the community
  • Funding
  • How to build a business case
  • Contract process
  • Quality, safety and licensing requirements in continuing care
  • Innovative Approaches
  • Approaches to care
  • Alberta Health Services links
  • Plus supportive resources in the appendix section

Development of the guide was undertaken with recognition of the guiding principles and values of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and specifically:

  • recognizing the healthcare rights of Indigenous peoples,
  • recognizing the value of Indigenous healing practices, and
  • identifying and closing the gaps in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

This guide was created by Alberta Health Services, in partnership and consultation with First Nations and Métis representatives and the Government of Alberta (Ministries of Health, Indigenous Relations, Seniors and Housing). Special thanks to the members of the following groups for sharing their wisdom and expertise:

  • Métis Settlements General Council Health Board
  • Joint Action Health Plan Continuing Care Sub-Working Group
  • Continuing Care in Indigenous Communities Working Group

Contact: indigenoushealthprogram@ahs.ca