Study: Understanding the Realities of Short-Stay Respite Care in Long-Term Care Homes

Posted On: May 2, 2017

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère recently completed a scoping review and environmental scan focused on short-stay respite care, including respite beds in long-term care homes. Respite care involves providing short-term/temporary relief to individuals who are providing care to a family member or loved one. The main objective of this work was to better understand how different models of short-stay respite care affect outcomes for caregivers, care recipients, and healthcare resource utilization (including potentially delaying admission to a long-term care home).

While the scoping review findings exposed a knowledge gap and pointed to a need for further high-quality research in this area, they also provided valuable information in terms of lessons-learned that can serve to inform future studies and trials in Ontario.  A stakeholder consultation was conducted to learn more about the long-term care home short-stay respite program in its existing state and to identify opportunities for improvement, including any areas that research can further support. Stakeholders consulted included several long-term care homes that operate short-stay respite beds, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), select programs in the Community Support Services (CSS) sector, the Alzheimer Society, as well as clinicians, researchers, and administrators.

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About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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