Emeg tan tleaooltieg (We are home where we belong) Home for Life: An applied research study supporting independent living for Elsipogtog First Nations Elders| MEKTU | NB-IRDT | UNB

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Emeg tan tleaooltieg (We are home where we belong) Home for Life: An applied research study supporting independent living for Elsipogtog First Nations Elders

Lead organization: Dobbelsteyn Consulting Group International Incorporated

Principle investigator(s): Dr. Jennifer Dobbelsteyn

About the project:

The issue

Elders living at Elsipogtog First Nation want to live home for life as they age. Through our research, the question we aimed to answer was, “Which services and programs are needed by community Elders to allow them to live Home for Life?”

The importance

This is an important topic because the number of Elders is growing in First Nations and is expected to skyrocket in the next ten years. A system of long-term care needs to be established now and it must be a culturally appropriate system of care.

What makes this project different

A unique aspect of this project has been the extensive involvement of a community-based research team. Elders were interviewed in a culturally safe way by people who spoke to them in their own language, Mi’kmaq. This resulted in rich stories and information and identified barriers to staying in their own home. We will use this information to plan, develop, and implement new programs.    

Anticipated impacts

At an individual level, we anticipate that Elsipogtog community members will be guided by the knowledge we have surfaced.

At a community level, we anticipate that our project will continue to renew the focus of community leaders on the needs of Elders and also their commitment to act on the results.

At the system level, we anticipate that Elders will age in their community until the end of life and not be made to leave their community for long-term care.

 

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