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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Physical Environments for Long-term Care: Ideas Worth Sharing

Published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in November 2016, this book provides examples of promising practices for physical environments in long-term residential care. Based on over 500 interviews gathered during a research project funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the European Research Area on Aging Project, the book focuses on the complex relationship between the physical environment (location, space, features, etc.) and what goes on within it.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Making a difference in dementia, nursing vision and strategy: Refreshed edition

Building on the original strategy published by the U.K. Department of Health, this document sets out how nurses can provide high quality compassionate care and support for people with dementia. The strategy outlines the principles of compassionate practice and outlines the role of education and research in dementia nursing practice. While the document is UK based, it provides a clear and succinct summary of the issues and also provides an excellent list of documents and resources.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

From the Hospital to Long-Term Care: Protect Vulnerable Patients During Handoff

This article discusses the issue of medication errors that occur during the transition from a hospital to an LTC facility. It provides background on the issue, as well as safe practice recommendations for improving communication of accurate and appropriate medication therapy as patients transition to an LTC facility.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Knowing you’re not alone: Understanding peer support for stroke survivors

Stroke Association Voluntary Groups (SAVGs) are volunteer-led, peer support groups based in local communities across the UK. The Nuffield Trust was commissioned by the Stroke Association to independently evaluate the impact of the groups. This document describes the evaluation which drew on the experiences and views of stroke survivors and carers from local groups as well as Stroke Association staff and volunteers. The study included a questionnaire of stroke survivors and carers which captured self-reported measures of health and wellbeing, as well as interviews and focus groups with stroke survivors, carers, staff and volunteers.

The study results, as well as a summary, are available from the following link:

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Who knows best? Older people’s contribution to understanding and preventing avoidable hospital admissions

The pressures on acute care resources are high, particularly with unplanned hospital admissions of people aged over 65. Questions, such as whether they need to be here, or are there other places more suitable for them to go, are often asked. Until now, studies seeking to address these questions have relied largely on retrospective accounts by health professionals with little attention to the views of older people themselves and have focused more on the problems of emergency admissions rather than looking at possible practical solutions.

A new study by the Health Services Management Centre and Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Birmingham has addressed these issues from a different perspective. Older people were interviewed and asked about their experiences of emergency admissions. The research focused on whether older people felt it was appropriate to be admitted to hospitals and if they thought anything could have prevented their admission.

The findings of this study confirm the belief that older people have an important role to play in helping understand the nature of emergency room admissions and devising appropriate responses to their rising numbers. Ignoring this expertise could undermine our efforts to ensure that older people are getting the appropriate care they need.
Following the study, a document outlining key themes and tips for good practice was produced, as well as a video summarising the key findings and highlighting the implications for practice.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Dementia: A Scoping Review of AHP Interventions for People Living with Dementia

This report contains the findings from a scoping review undertaken to provide an overview of research into the effectiveness of interventions delivered by allied health professions for people with dementia, their families and carers. The work was produced to support Scotland’s National Strategy.

The review is divided into sections, each dealing with a specific topic. Each topic includes:
  1. Definitions of the topic
  2. A summary of available systematic reviews
  3. Details of the evidence identified
  4. Conclusion explaining the nature and quality of the evidence
  5. Summary information for relevant studies
This resource can be accessed here:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Crane Library Web Pick of the Week: Young Carers Program

The Young Carers Project in partnership with the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), engaged in a joint research/knowledge translation project to:
  1. Identify the needs of young carers in our community
  2. Create resources that will help them meet their needs and manage in their roles
  3. Help community agencies understand how they can better support young carers
In 2015, The Young Carers Project launched three new research-based resources created by young carers and distributed to other young carers to help them better cope with their situations, including Support Matters - a By Us For Us guide, a short documentary film and website.

This resource can be accessed here: