The LADDER project.
Leading Adults with Developmental Disabilities to Equitable & Effective Emergency Rooms
We Believe that everyone in Alberta should receive equitable and effective acute emergency care regardless of a developmental disability or cognitive impairment.
We understand that Canada has an internationally recognized system of publicly-funded, universal, comprehensive, portable, and accessible healthcare. We understand the system, and we also believe there is an opportunity to improve the system.
We see an Opportunity
We want the best emergency care possible for all Albertans; however, not all people are the same when they present to an acute emergency care department.
Compared to the general population, adults with developmental disabilities and cognitive impairments are more likely to:
1) present to the emergency department and
2) present repeatedly to the emergency department for the same issue 3) have preventable hospitalizations 4) have repeat hospitalizations.
Often relatively straight forward medical escalate to more serious medical issues because people with disabilities often have complex health needs and require special care approaches and environments to get their healthcare needs met. The systems gap creates inefficiencies, places increased pressure on clinical resources, and drives up delivery costs. There is an opportunity to improve emergency care for people living with disabilities.
The LADDER project is endorsed by the Excel Society and supported by Dr. Alf Conradi and Dr. Larry Ohlhauser. It requires the support of organisations and other individuals that can offer the expertise required to see this project to reality. If you are interested in being a part of this Steering Committee, please contact Brad Perkins, the President and CEO of Excel Society at 780-455-2601 ext. 222 or Tamara Browning, the founder of this initiative, at 780-966-4007.
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