Dr. George Heckman -Developing new model for geriatric medicine - Photo

Developing an Integrated System of Care for Frail Seniors

Dr. George Heckman, a physician with the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, has been at the forefront of developing a new model for geriatric medicine. Heckman’s unique role, supported by the University, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and philanthropist Ronald Schlegel, involves teaching students, treating seniors, conducting research and serving as the geriatric specialist across the LHIN.

Heckman believes that frailty and chronic diseases can be proactively managed, with the goal of keeping seniors as functional as possible wherever they live, decreasing the need for hospitalization, and ultimately reducing pressures on long-term care. His work with the LHIN involves collecting an inventory of services and identifying barriers to seniors’ care. He will then collaborate with community partners to redevelop and improve services based on evidence, measure the outcomes, and adjust initiatives when necessary.

His recent publication, listed below, “Developing an Integrated System of Care for Frail Seniors” delves more into this hot topic around frail seniors.

Heckman G, Hillier L, Manderson B, McKinnon Wilson J, Santi S, Stolee P. (2013). Developing an Integrated System of Care for Frail Seniors. Healthcare Management Forum. 26(4): 200-208