Helen is a registered physiotherapist with experience in all sectors of the health care system including acute care, rehabilitation, and community care, with management experience in specialized geriatric services. In 2009-11 Helen completed a Masters degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science, Health and Aging at Western University in collaboration with the InfoRehab Team at University of Waterloo. Her research study, which focused on the experience of patients with hip fracture through their care transitions across the rehabilitation continuum of care, provided the ideal background for stepping into her new role as Rehabilitation Network Lead with the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN).
The ESC LHIN began a project to review the current state of rehabilitation services in the region, to envision a more ideal future state to meet the needs of residents, and to develop a strategy and action plan for system improvement. The final report was released in September 2012. The report identified nine strategic goals, with an initial focus on three key priority patient populations, which makes up the highest percentage of rehabilitation service utilization: patients with stroke and hip fracture, as well as geriatric patients. The initial emphasis will be on the identification and implementation of best practices for these top three clinical conditions across the care continuum, along with efforts to facilitate the appropriate utilization of inpatient rehabilitation beds, and improve access to funded outpatient and community-based rehabilitation services. Other goals include developing a collaborative senior’s fall prevention strategy and improving chronic disease self-management with residents and family caregivers across programs.
Helen was a co-leader in the ESC LHIN Rehabilitation Strategic Planning Project, and has been hired as the new ESC LHIN’s Rehabilitation Network Lead to facilitate the ongoing development, planning and implementation of initiatives in the strategic plan.