Seeking applications for seniors’ home support evaluation

8 July 2013

MSFHR is requesting letters of intent from researchers interested in supporting the research and evaluation of Better at Home, a non-medical home support program for seniors.

Better at Home is managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland and provides support services to seniors in up to 68 communities across British Columbia. These services include yard work, home repairs, transportation to appointments, and housekeeping. The program aims to increase seniors’ quality of life, help them stay connected to their communities, and delay the transition into higher levels of institutional care.

Individual researchers are invited to submit letters of intent to participate in a collaborative effort to design and conduct a program of research that will evaluate whether the Better at Home model is meeting the needs of seniors and the extent to which it is cost effective. Researchers should have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • seniors’ care
  • home and community care
  • health services research
  • health economics
  • program evaluation

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a dialogue with the knowledge users (the BC Ministry of Health and the United Way of the Lower Mainland) to identify potential projects that would be feasible, acceptable, and relevant.

Following the dialogue, successful applicants to the LOI will be invited to submit full applications for research and evaluation projects. The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m., Monday, August 12.

For more information, contact:

Cindy Soules
Manager, Programs