Amanda Panisiak is pretty busy these days with a new project. Drum FM caught up with her when she visited the Pioneer Trail Centre in Drumheller to talk to seniors about this project that she's been working on since June.

The project is an provincial initiative between Panisiak's employer, the Primary Care Network (PCN) and physicians at the Drumheller clinics. Its aim? Keeping seniors living at home for as long as possible.

The whole project can be summed up in a few words: communication and ease.

"This is getting some awareness in our communities about our primary care services," explained Panisiak. "[And] just streamlining the process that seniors go through when they come to the clinic so that we can support them with community services and our health care teams."

One of the pillars of the project is communication, something Panisiak was promoting at the Pioneer Trail.

"We want better communication to our seniors so that they can better understand what is available in our communities."

In addition to informing seniors about the services available, the initiative encourages the PCN and area physicians to work together to make it easier to coordinate care in the valley.

"Communicating better as health care teams so that [seniors'] plan of care is shared and that everyone is involved in caring for them well."

Panisiak said she strongly feel that it's better to keep patients in familiar surroundings for as long as possible. For more information on the Big Country Primary Network, follow this link.


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