About the Guidelines
The Ministry of Community and Social Services and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care developed guidelines to support adults living with developmental disabilities who are applying to, moving into and residing in a long-term care (LTC) home. These guidelines provide important information about the developmental services sector, how to apply to LTC homes, and processes that impact LTC home residents.
The Guidelines for Supporting Adults with a Developmental Disability When Applying to, Moving Into and Residing In a Long-Term Care Home assist with improving services for adults living with a developmental disability who choose to reside in a LTC home. The guidelines outline the importance of planning, choice and consent, and for adults living with developmental disabilities to receive appropriate care and support services in LTC homes.
The collaborative creation of these guidelines and usage of them demonstrates an integrated and coordinated approach to care within and between the Developmental Services and LTC home sectors. A commitment to improving the social and health outcomes for aging adults living with a developmental disability is based on the principles of choice, community inclusion, and self-directed planning.
This webinar provides practical insights and suggestions to collaboratively work with long-term care residents living with chronic conditions, their interprofessional team, and family member care partners.
This webinar was offered by the Ontario CLRI hosted at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and was presented on February 27, 2018.
About the Presenter:
Dr. George Heckman graduated in 1991 Doctor of Medicine at University of Toronto, Ontario Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, with specialist certification in Internal Medicine (1999) and Geriatric Medicine Master of Science (Health Research Methodology, McMaster University in 2006). He holds a Schlegel Research Chair in Geriatric Medicine and is presently an Associate Professor with the department of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. Research interests include management of heart failure in long term care and other frail seniors, primary care management of dementia, home care safety and vascular aging.
Maintaining and improving mobility is often a goal for residents and their family members, and is important to prevent functional decline and improve quality of life. This webinar will focus on evidence-based strategies to maintain and improve mobility for residents in long-term care homes.
The objectives of the webinar are to:
1) discuss current evidence for strategies to maintain and improve resident mobility;
2) present practical solutions for putting evidence about mobility into practice in long-term care homes; and
3) examine ways to modify suggestions for different physical and cognitive abilities.
With support from the Ontario CLRI hosted at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, this webinar was presented on February 22, 2018.
About the Presenter
Caitlin McArthur is a registered physical therapist and post doctoral fellow at the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Science Centre (GERAS) at McMaster University. She recently completed her PhD in the Kinesiology department at the University of Waterloo with a specialization in aging, health, and well-being. Caitlin’s research focuses on improving rehabilitation across the continuum of care, including long-term care and home care. She also has expertise in bone health, exercise, and physical activity. Caitlin is an instructor of Bone Fit™, a continuing education course for rehabilitation professionals working with people with osteoporosis. Caitlin is the recipient of several awards including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Silver Quill Award. Her current work is funded by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging.
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 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
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.
Oral Health Care at Saint-Louis Residence
Oral health of residents should be a priority. The Ontario CLRI partnered with La Cité Collégiale in an effort to increase access to oral care resources for long-term care (LTC) homes.
Many LTC residents find it difficult to access a traditional dental office due to transportation, physical, and financial limitations. In an effort to improve access to oral care in LTC homes, the Ontario CLRI piloted a partnership with a local college’s dental hygiene program to develop a placement program, resources, and tools. The partnership sparked the creation of both an animated video outlining why oral care is important and a publication describing the partnership model, as well as the translation of the Oral Health Assessment Tool.
There is growing awareness around the importance of oral care for overall health. LTC residents are particularly vulnerable to several risk factors for poor oral health that can lead to oral bacterial disease, bad breath, mouth sores, and pneumonia. Establishing partnerships with the dental hygiene community can bring oral health expertise on-site.
Mouth Matters Video – An animated video that presents to staff and caregivers why oral care is important.
Oral Health Assessment Tool Translation – The purpose of this initiative was to produce a French translation of the OHAT that is acceptable to users — nurses and dental hygienists — and is conceptually and metrically equivalent to the English version originally developed.
Oral Health Partnership Brochure – This brochure describes a partnership between Ottawa’s Saint-Louis Residence (SLR) LTC home and the dental hygiene program at La Cité Collégiale. For a copy of the full report, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed to enhance nursing, personal support worker and allied health gerontological specialty knowledge in the early identification and care of older adults living with frailty at risk of acute deterioration.
This toolkit and videos support educators in creating experiential learning experiences to foster empathy and an improved understanding of the physical changes and social bias often experienced by older adults living with frailty.
Simulation is the imitation or emulation of some real thing, state of affairs or process. It is a methodology to help achieve educational goals. The most powerful and efficacious simulations are conducted based on strong educational principles, run by expert facilitators and within the context of the objectives of a curriculum. Simulation used for healthcare encompasses a range of activities that share a broad, similar purpose: to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare services.
Experiential learning to enhance empathy and knowledge of frail aging.
DIY Frail Aging Simulation Suit Video
This videos supports long-term care educators in creating experiential learning experiences to foster empathy and an improved understanding of the physical changes and social bias often experienced by older adults living with frailty.