Nav-CARE (Navigation-Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing, and Engaging) is a volunteer navigation program that seeks to improve the quality of life of persons living with declining health and is currently being implemented across Canada.
The program was developed from research conducted in rural palliative care by Dr. Barbara Pesut (University of British Columbia) and Dr. Wendy Duggleby (University of Alberta). Through their research, they discovered that rural older persons living at home were not receiving the support that they needed, particularly when they were living in the transition between chronic illness and palliative care. They also discovered that there were many resources in rural communities that few people knew about. Some of the greatest barriers for volunteers were the lack of opportunities to become connected to older persons who needed help. This led to the development of Nav-CARE.
Recording of the webinar hosted by CHPCA and presented by the Nav-CARE team & four representatives from Nav-CARE hubs located in urban and rural areas across Canada. The webinar was presented on November 24, 2021.