2022 Funke-Furber Gerontological Research Award

Jeanette Funke-Furber and Robert Furber are long-time supporters of the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation and strong believers in the importance of research and continuing education for health care professionals. The Funke-Furber Gerontological Research Award, which is held and administered through the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, supports applied research designed to enhance and advance care for the elderly. Research Support is provided by the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health at the University of Victoria.

Junko Fukui Innes, a third year PhD student in Health Information Science is the 2022 recipient of the Funke-Furber Gerontological Research Award for her project entitled Predicting Transition to Next Level of Care for Seniors in Home Support. The primary research question is: “Is it possible to predict when seniors who are receiving home support will transition to the next level of care?”

The project will involve the development of a decision support model to predict which home support recipients will transition to the next level of care within a certain time period (e.g., six months). Using data from multiple sources, it is anticipated that development and implementation of such a decision support model could result in the provision of preventative home support services to enable individuals to remain at home longer, reduce the current burden on home support, and ultimately help reduce health system costs.

For more information on the Eldercare Foundation and the Funke-Furber Award, visit https://gvef.org/staff-education-awards-program/