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Monday, October 27, 2014

Out and Visible: The Experiences and Attitudes of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Older Adults

This study explores the aging realities of LGBT people and explores their fears, beliefs, behaviors and aspirations in areas such as healthcare, finance and retirement, support systems, housing and sources of information.

Accompanying information includes:
  • Full report and executive summary
  • Infograph and poster with key findings
  • Media Announcement
  • Huffington Post Column about the report

Dementia Tailored Resources

NICE (National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence) recently launched the website, Tailored resource for carers and care providers on supporting people to live well with dementia.  The resource is intended for care givers as well as care providers.  It outlines 10 quality statements, their key messages and key resources for a greater understanding of quality of care.

The quality statements include:

  1. Discussing concerns about possible dementia
  2. Choice and control in decisions
  3. Reviewing needs and preferences
  4. Leisure activities of interest and choice
  5. Maintaining and developing relationships
  6. Physical and mental health and wellbeing
  7. Design and adaptation of housing
  8. Planning and evaluating services
  9. Independent advocacy
  10. Involvement and contribution to the community

The website can be found at

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eating Well for People with Dementia - a guide for carer's

Eating Well for People with Dementia: A guide for carer's is a pamphlet developed by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.  At 24 pages, it's a comprehensive booklet that explains to caregiver's some of the ways dementia can impact food intake and the importance of nutrition to people with dementia.  It includes information on good nutrition, appropriate amounts of fluid and fibre intake, dealing with difficulties of eating, and advice on some common problems related to eating.

To download a copy of this free pamphlet, please visit

Sexuality Assessment Tool (SEXat) for residential care facilities

The Sexuality Assessment Tool (SEXat) for residential care facilities has been developed to help long-term care facilities support the expression of sexuality of residents, both with and without dementia.  There are many challenges long-term care staff must consider in regards to a residents sexual expression, including privacy (or lack thereof), staff attitudes and lack of staff education.  This assessment will inform facilities as to how they're doing when it comes to supporting sexual expression of residents.

The tool is divided into 7 sections: Facility Policies; Determining the Needs of the Older Person; Staff Education and Training; Information and Support for Older People; Information and Support for Families; The Physical Environment; Safety and Risk Management. Managers will go through the list and assess how well their facility is doing based on these indicators.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Info LTC Survey

Over the last ten years, Info LTC has grown from the Web Pick of the Week email to a blog and a Twitter feed.  We are currently undergoing an evaluation process, which involves a user survey to better understand how you use the information we post on Info LTC and if there are ways we can improve.
If you wish to participate in this evaluation process, please complete the survey by clicking on the link provided.  The survey should take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  The survey will close October 22nd, 2014.
Once the survey is completed you will have an opportunity to take part in a draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  The winner of the draw will be notified no later than October 24th.  Only one entry per person.
Please follow this link for more information on participation and to complete the survey

Monday, October 06, 2014

Eating: dos and don'ts for assisted eating: Good practice for quality dementia care.

From the Victorian Government (Australia) Department of Health, this brief document provides useful information for assisting residents with eating.

This checklist is part of the A-Z of strategies, checklists and tools. These contain practical ideas, checklists and educational tools for particular issues. With over 40 entries, A-Z lists everything from activities to promote living with meaning and purpose, to family involvement, gardens, lighting, pain relief, spirituality, staff development, wayfinding and windows.

Regular Health Monitoring for Older Adults: Clinical Evidence

From the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, this Rapid Response Report examines the clinical evidence regarding regular health monitoring of adults over the age of 65 to reduce the frequency of hospital visits or delay admission to long-term care.