Family members of residents in LTC are important partners in care. Supporting the presence and engagement of family and friends of residents requires deliberate planning and thorough communication with residents, families and team members. This resource card has compiled some tools to aid homes as they plan for, co-ordinate and support visits. Please check back regularly for updates as the pandemic and directives evolve.
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Family members of residents in LTC are important partners in care.
Family members often wish their LTC team could better understand what they, or their family member, wanted or needed. LTC team members often wonder how they can better support these communication needs of resident’s family members.
Introducing the Huddle Tool; five simple questions for family members to share any experience, situation, or need with their LTC team over the phone when they can’t meet in person. Below are two eLearning courses, one designed for family members and one for LTC team members, that will introduce them to the huddle tool and how to use it to improve communication.
At the end of each eLearning course, participants will be able to download a copy of the Huddle Tool to use.
As our communities adapt to COVID-19 so do the guidelines and best practices for long-term care homes. Some of the references in this resource related to COVID-19 and LTC home guidelines may no longer be applicable. Please consult the Government of Ontario’s Directive #3 for the most up to date information.
The rapid rise and severity of COVID-19 cases in long-term care (LTC) has led to the urgent redeployment of health professionals to LTC environments. The Ontario COVID-19 Education Task Force (powered by Michener Institute of Education at UHN), in partnership with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) and the Baycrest Centre for Education, developed an LTC section on covidcarelearning.ca, an online learning management system to support upskilling for health-care workers being redeployed for COVID-19 care.
Please share this resource with incoming team members who are new to the LTC environment. These materials facilitate redeployment to a team-based model of care quickly and safely in LTC homes, and support team members to bridge their knowledge from current practice to the requirements to care for COVID-19 and other residents.
Project ECHO Care of the Elderly is a telehealth, case-based learning program run by Baycrest and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre (NESGC) to enhance the quality of care to LTC residents by improving the knowledge and skills of their primary care providers. This session focuses on building resiliency in LTC team members during COVID-19.
These are unprecedented times that put extra pressure on LTC homes and team members. These recorded sessions will help those working in LTC build resiliency and strengthen their LTC teams.
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Quality care and safety in LTC depend on teams that are proactive, reflective, and collaborative.
Team Essentials Leadership Coaching is part of the Team Essentials program that provides innovative educational solutions for LTC team members around priority issues in LTC through workshops, eLearning and follow-up visits.
Team Essentials Leadership Coaching provides leadership in LTC homes support to implement the skills learned in Team Essentials among team members. Experiential, team-based learning and interprofessional competencies are integrated into the Team Essentials program in order to encourage discovery, critical thinking, communication, and solution-focused team responses.
Enhance Team Performance
Sustain Practice Change
Quality care and safety in LTC depend on teams that are proactive, reflective, and collaborative. Team Essentials program is based on leading practices; experiential, team-based learning and interprofessional competencies are integrated into the program in order to encourage discovery, critical thinking, communication, and solution-focused team responses.