Resource Audience Type: Leaders & Managers

Supporting Diversity and Indigenous Culture in Long-Term Care

About the Presentation

The needs of residents in long-term care can be affected by their gender, language, Indigenous identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, etc. In response to this diversity, the Ontario Centres for Learning Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) are engaging provincial stakeholders to identify and develop education and other resources that support the diversity of residents in long-term care. This presentation shares inspirational stories and resources that can support long-term care homes in their delivery of resident-centered care in a way that acknowledges individual diversity and aligns with Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.

This presentation was delivered at the Together We Care Conference on April 20, 2018.

 

Supporting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Long-Term Care

About the Initiative

This initiative supports workforce capacity building and fosters person-centred care through the identification, development and spread of information and resources that support equity, diversity and inclusion in long-term care (LTC) homes.  This initiative recognizes that care experiences can be influenced by individual circumstances, including language, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, spirituality, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. This initiative aims to educate and share resources that support LTC homes in delivering care that honours resident and team member diversity.

A Supporting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Long-Term Care Advisory Committee and other experts, including persons with lived experience, contribute to the work of this initiative and the identification and spread of resources that support diversity and inclusion of all residents, care partners (family and friends of residents) and team members in LTC, and inform diversity and inclusion across all CLRI activities.

Improving Food Quality in Long-Term Care: Best practices and new initiatives

What is this webinar about?

During this webinar, you will learn about the Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3) research study that was conducted in long-term care homes across Canada, including useful information about food and fluid intake, better practices that were observed, where we need to focus, and new initiatives from the M3 team.

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  1. Learn about research results from the Making the Most of Mealtimes national study
  2. Understand the important role of food for nutritional health and quality of life
  3. Learn best practices for planning nutrient dense menus in long-term care

This webinar was offered by the Ontario CLRI hosted at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and was presented on March 28, 2018.


About the Presenter

Photo of Heather KellerHeather Keller, RD, PhD, FDC is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. She conducts research focused on improving the food intake and nutritional health of older adults in hospital, community and long term care residences. A special focus is persons living with dementia and their care partners and how food and mealtimes can be central to their quality of life.

Ontario eConsult Program

eConsult is a secure web-based tool that allows physicians and nurse practitioners timely access to specialist advice for all patients and often eliminates the need for an in-person specialist visit. The Ontario CLRI is collaborating with the Ontario eConsult Program team to support the integration of its services into long-term care homes across Ontario.

The Ontario eConsult Program is led by the Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence (eConsult COE), housed at The Ottawa Hospital in partnership with the Bruyère Research Institute. Delivery partners are the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), OntarioMD, and eHealth Ontario, with the support of the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care.

Champlain BASE™ eConsult Webinar

Champlain BASE™ eConsult Expansion into Long-Term Care in Ontario

On February 6, 2018, the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) hosted this webinar which focuses primarily on the implementation of the Champlain BASE™ eConsult service in Ontario’s long-term care (LTC) homes in order to improve integration of care, patient safety, and quality of life for complex aging residents.

Presented by Dr. Clare Liddy, the webinar discusses:

  • eConsult background and origins
  • The need for specialist access in long-term care
  • What we know about the benefits of eConsult
  • The current project
  • How to become involved in the program

Background

The Champlain BASE™ eConsult service is a secure, online platform connecting primary care providers (PCP) to specialists. The Ontario CLRI are supporting the integration of the service into LTC across Ontario. A number of resources surrounding eConsult have been developed for those working in LTC, this webinar being one of them. Learn more about the Champlain BASE™ eConsult service.

Webinar Recording


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Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias in Indigenous Populations in Canada: Prevalence and Risk Factors

About the Report

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are recognized as an emerging health issue in Indigenous communities. Indigenous elders are considered to be among Canada’s most vulnerable citizens because they often face complex health issues stemming from socio-economic marginalization and a legacy of colonialism in addition to barriers in accessing health care. They have higher rates of many of the risk factors for dementia. As a result, the rates of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs) are expected to increase more rapidly among Indigenous elders compared to non-Indigenous older adults. Despite this recognition, relatively little is known about ADRDs among Indigenous peoples in Canada.

This paper summarizes what is known about the prevalence of ADRDs, the challenges associated with diagnosing dementias, and the risk factors associated with the development of dementias in Indigenous populations. The paper highlights several knowledge gaps with respect to the prevalence of various forms of dementia among different groups of Indigenous peoples, as well as differences in the way dementias present in Indigenous communities. The paper concludes by highlighting the need for integrated multi-sectoral approaches to address socio-economic equities and health disparities as preventative measures for ADRDs.

Copyright: 2018 National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH).  This publication was funded by the NCCAH and made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.