The Advancing Frailty Care in the Community collaborative (AFCC) was led by HEC, in partnership with the Canadian Frailty Network from November 2019 to March 2022.
Its aim was to advance frailty care in primary care and community settings to improve care and quality of life for older adults living with frailty, and support their essential care partners.
AFCC supported 17 healthcare teams across Canada to adapt and implement evidence-informed innovations to improve the identification, assessment and management of frailty in primary care and home care.
The collaborative began just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold, however, all teams successfully implemented frailty interventions that resulted in nearly 5,000 older adults, including people living with HIV and First Nations, Inuit and Métis older adults, being screened for frailty.
AFCC contributed to improved patient experiences, including:
Healthcare providers reported:
In many primary care locations involved in this program, frailty interventions are now part of standard care provided for older adults.
Expert faculty and coaches supported teams to systematically identify and assess frailty in populations 75 years of age and over, and conduct opportunistic screening for those 65 years of age and over.
For those identified as vulnerable, mildly or moderately frail, geriatric assessments were followed up with customized care plans (developed in partnership with patients and essential care partners) to slow the progression of frailty, and maintain or enhance their quality of life.
Teams adapted one of four of the top frailty innovations identified in the 2018 CFN Frailty Matters Innovation Showcase, as listed below, and designed their own frailty initiatives.
1 We refer to frailty as an individual’s state of increased vulnerability resulting from reduced reserve and loss of function across multiple systems, reducing their ability to cope with normal or minor stressors.
2 Research on Aging, Policies, and Practices. (June 2018). A profile of caregivers of older adults (65+). Retrieved February 27, 2020 from: https://rapp.ualberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2018/09/Profile-of-Carers-of-Older-Adults-65-Infographic_2018-06-20.pdf