Nursing Homes Without Walls: A Model for Aging in Place
It’s a well-known fact that the majority of seniors want to age at home – however, many
provinces lack an efficient model of service delivery to allow for “aging in place”.
Dr. Dupuis-Blanchard explores the notion of nursing home personnel providing services
to older adults living at home. This model would defer hospital and long-term care
admissions, provide support to caregivers as well as respite care, address loneliness in
older adults by providing friendly visits/calls, and keep older adults healthy through
balanced meals, exercise, foot care, outings, medication management, as well as health
promotion and prevention activities.
Nursing Homes Without Walls has the potential to be ground breaking for New
Brunswick as it has not been studied elsewhere. The development of the service model
is consistent with the recommendations of the provincial strategy on aging We are All in
This Together as well as the Home First initiative. Given that population aging is a
demographic phenomenon that will have an effect for the next 30 years, Nursing Homes
Without Walls is an innovative service delivery model that could continually be
enhanced by providing additional services for older adults and where nursing homes
become “hubs” for everything aging in communities around the province.
Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard is the Research Chair in Health CNFS-Université de
Moncton on the Aging of Populations, Associate Professor at the School of Nursing as
well as Director of the Centre d’études du vieillissement at Université de Moncton. She
holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta, a Master’s degree in Nursing
from the University of New Brunswick and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from
Université de Moncton. Working as a nurse for 27 years, her research program
examines the dimensions of aging in place, with a focus on seniors who reside in
Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs).
She is President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG), Chair of the
National Seniors Council, and was Co-President of the New Brunswick Council on