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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Transition of Patients to Long-Term Care Following a Stroke

In Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada offers health care providers best practice recommendations for transitioning patients to long-term care following a stroke.

This online resource is broken down into multiple parts, including recommendations, the rationale for those recommendations, system implications, performance measures, implementation resources, knowledge transfer tools and a summary of the evidence supporting the recommendations.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1BM7Lst

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Seniors and drugs: An in-depth look

The following link leads to a summary of the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s 2012 report on drug use among Canadian seniors on public drug programs.

The report is based on data from PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the federal drug program managed by the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

To access the summary click here: http://bit.ly/1xeTLMQ

To read the full report of this study click http://bit.ly/1CvYewJ (note: this can take a little longer to load on your browser than the summary)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Traumatic Brain Injury – Does Gender Matter?

Research into the effects of traumatic brain injury has to date largely ignored potential differences between men and women. The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health attempts to demystify this issue in the January 2015 edition of Science Fact or Science Fiction.
This resource draws attention to the research of Dr. Angela Colantonio of the Girls & Women with Acquired Brain Injury Lab. Dr. Colantonio notes, “very little is known about how brain injury affects a women’s body”.
This article can be accessed here:  http://bit.ly/1E17MdT

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

National Health Ethics Week Resources

In honour of the Canadian Bioethics Society’s 2nd annual National Health Ethics Week, the below link is an online resource guide on health ethics from the Canadian Bioethics Society.

Links to a health ethics trivia game that allows health care providers to actively engage in the topic of ethics in health care, online educational videos and more, either developed by the Canadian Bioethics Society or chosen by its members as trusted resources on health ethics are available.

Also included, is a selected list of the ever popular TED Talks on related topics such as Aging, Decision-Making and Health Care among others.

This resource can be accessed from here: http://bit.ly/1zY8DL1

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Person-Centred Care Made Simple

The UK-based independent charitable foundation aimed at improving quality of health care, The Health Foundation, created a quick guide in the Fall of 2014 which defines person-centred care in long-term care and explore how to successfully achieve it with simple step-by-step recommendations.
A video gives a brief snapshot of the themes, while the downloadable PDF guide delves into the development and history of person-centred care and why it is so important to involve patients/residents in the decision-making and implementation of the care they receive from their health care providers.  
This resource can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/1ArzKSo

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Understanding Long-Term Care Facilities as Communal Living Environments

Many older adults transitioning into long-term care facilities will be coming from independent or assisted living where they were most likely on their own or in limited company in their day to day lives. This can be quite different from living in long-term care facilities where there are multiple residents sharing common living spaces such as dining  and recreational areas. Psychologist Dr. Maggie Gibson of St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario identifies key points to consider to ensure patient-centered care in the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Discussion Guide on Understanding Long-term Care Facilities as Communal Living Environments.
The discussion guide aims to increase awareness of health care providers in long-term care facilities of the communal living environments where they work.
This resource can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/1JpNzqo

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Steps for Examining the Oral Cavity in Elderly Patients with Dentures

Oral health is recognized as an integral part of the overall health of an individual. However, according to the Institute of Medicine, there are many patients, especially in long-term care who suffer from overlooked oral health conditions because of the separation between dental care and health care.
This brief tip sheet from Annals of Long-Term Care, published in March 2014, provides healthcare providers with tips on how to conduct an examination of the oral cavity in elderly patients who have dentures (or other removable devices). The tip sheet includes step by step instructions with pictures - beginning with examining the oral cavity with the dentures in the mouth, then with the dentures removed from the mouth, and finally recommended procedures for a swallowing test.
This resource can be accessed here:  http://bit.ly/1EYtPa8