On March 2, 2018, Brian Pollard, Assistant Deputy Minister, Licensing and Policy Branch, Long-Term Care Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and two of his senior staff members visited Saint-Louis Residence. Hosted by the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at Bruyère, positive impressions were made through discussions and project demonstrations. The engaging visit covered a broad range of programming and collaboration.
The afternoon began with brief overviews from Guy Chartrand (CEO, Bruyère Continuing Care) and Heidi Sveistrup (President, Bruyère Research Institute). The introductory part of the meeting was rounded out by Zsofia Orosz (Manager, Ontario CLRI at Bruyère), highlighting some exciting and innovative initiatives that are advancing with Ontario CLRI support.
One area Zsofia touched on was the Ontario CLRI’s collaboration with La Cité Collégiale and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario that helps improve oral care delivery. Read more about the oral care partnership. Another initiative covered was deprescribing, an effort to safely reduce and/or optimize medication use to meet life’s changes. Visit deprescribing.org for more details.
Many other projects running at the Orléans campus impact residents’ lives positively. Dr. Clare Liddy (Clinician Investigator, Bruyère Research Institute) discussed the benefits of the Champlain BASE™ eConsult Service. As a joint initiative between the Bruyère Research Institute, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network and the Winchester Memorial District Hospital, this electronic consultation service connects primary care practitioners with specialists to reduce wait times. The participation of the Ontario CLRI ensures that the needs and realities of long-term care are fully considered as the Champlain BASE™ eConsult expands across the province. Dr. Liddy’s engaging presentation prompted an animated conversation with the MOHLTC representatives. Visit the Ontario CLRI website for a recent update and to watch a webinar by Dr. Liddy.
Following these rich discussions, the group moved to participate in project demonstrations. The first demonstration was of Cycling Without Age (CWA). CWA helps seniors stay active and connected with their communities, making it possible for those with mobility challenges to get back on bicycles and enjoy nature. CWA uses a special three-wheeled rickshaw bike, a “trishaw”. A two-seater passenger carriage is in the front, while a volunteer “pilot” sits on a bike in the back and propels the trishaw forward. Through collaboration with a community partner, Bruyère is now running the CWA program at both of its long-term care homes. The Ontario CLRI contributed to a program evaluation and developed a brief brochure that homes can use to learn about setting up their own CWA program. For more information, download the brochure or to watch a recent webinar.
The second project demonstration was of Motiview, an innovation combining the benefits of cycling for physical and emotional well-being. The Motiview Solution brings together an audio and video library with a stationary, user-adapted bicycle. Adaptable to each user’s requests, virtual bicycle trip through familiar surroundings encourage reminiscence as the user pedals. Motiview reduces the perception of difficulty, monotony, and discomfort associated with cycling, while enhancing participation and the experience. Funding from the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation enables the multi-institutional team to test this technology in an Ontario context, including at Saint-Louis Residence and the John and Jennifer Ruddy Geriatric Day Hospital at Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital. In the long-term care setting, the focus is on the social aspects and reminiscences.
All were wowed by the demonstrations and impressed by the initiatives built on collaboration, research, and willingness to test ideas. The Assistant Deputy Minister and his staff expressed great eagerness to return and tour Élisabeth Bruyère Residence next time. À bientôt!