OLTCA members learn about Ontario CLRI project on long-term care homes’ Specialized Units
The Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care (CLRI) at Bruyère was invited to present at the Together We Care conference of the Ontario Long Term Care Association on April 1, 2015.
Talking at the session entitled Unlocking the Potential of Specialized Services in Long Term Care, Melissa Donskov outlined the ongoing Ontario CLRI research project that explores the realities of offering specialized care in long-term care Homes. As Melissa explained, the LTCH Act allows Homes to set up Specialized Units. Specialized Units provide innovative, resident centred services for positive health outcomes for an increasingly diverse and complex resident population. Today, eight designated Specialized Units offer either dialysis or responsive behaviours-focused care for seniors. One of these units is located at Saint-Louis Residence and offers peritoneal dialysis. This research consultation is gathering insights from Homes with Specialized Units and from other stakeholders, including LHINs, CCACs, the MOHLTC and Homes that offer specialized care without a designated unit.
Melissa’s presentation set the stage for the others on the panel: Debbie Emmerson talked about the residential Hospice at Kensington Health; Kieran Bergmann of the Ontario Renal Network and Dr. Mary Ann Murray of the Ottawa Hospital Home Dialysis Unit discussed dialysis at home and in long-term care in the Champlain region.