Home First is a three-year strategy that will help seniors in New Brunswick maintain their independence and remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
This strategy represents a fundamental change in philosophy and practice whereby hospital admissions, lengthy hospital stays, and transfers directly from hospital to residential facilities are considered last resort options, only after all other community-based options have been fully explored.
Home First outlines a series of innovative approaches, strategies and initiatives to support seniors to live in their own homes and continue to be part of their communities.
The Home First vision is supported by three pillars:
- Healthy Aging
- Appropriate Supports and Care
- Responsive, Integrated and Sustainable System
Home First was developed in collaboration with the departments of Social Development, Health, Healthy and Inclusive Communities, and both the Horizon and Vitalité health networks.
The plan is also based on feedback received from seniors, families, health care professionals and care providers.
Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers announced a Seniors Navigator initiative as part of the Home First Strategy to enhance support to seniors living at home and in their own communities.