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Monday, September 15, 2014

Safe staffing for older people wards: RCN report and recommendation

In 2012, RCN published their recommendations for appropriate staffing for older adults in acute and long-term care facilities.  This report gives evidence-based recommendations on the range of staffing levels required for safe care, the requirement for strong leadership, high levels of training and a positive-practice environment.

To access the report and learn more about safe staffing levels please visit

Friday, September 12, 2014

The dementia environment in care home

A new addition to Social Care TV (from the UK's Social Care Institute for Excellence), this film shows how simple changes to create a more dementia friendly care home environment can have a positive impact on a person living with dementia's emotional well being and independence.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TBI Community

TBI Community is a website developed and managed by researchers at The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center part of TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.  The research institute intends to provide a comprehensive approach to improving participation of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in all areas of community integration.  The website hosts information on the institutes’ past and present research, as well as a long list of online resources and publications for TBI patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Some of the online resources and publications from TBI Community include:
·         Addressing Sexuality in Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Rehabilitation Professionals
·         Social Communication after TBI: A Guide for Professionals
·         Is this normal? Expectations after Traumatic Brain Injury and helpful hints
·         Picking up the pieces after TBI: A guide for family members

To access TBI Community and all their free, online resources, please visit

Monday, September 08, 2014

Functional Foods for Healthy Aging: A toolkit for registered dietitians

As the population ages, more and more focus has been made on nutritional management as a means for promoting healthy aging.  Functional foods are becoming increasingly popular, as they are foods that contain bioactives that provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition, and are designed to be consumed as part of a healthy diet.  Functional foods for healthy aging is a toolkit intended for registered dietitians to provide more information on functional foods, and their importance to older adults.

The toolkit includes:

  • Background information about functional foods
  • Background information about older adults and how functional foods would benefit their health
  • Results from a University of Guelph research study designed to explore functional food consumption in a sample of older adults
  • Educational resources to facilitate interaction with older adults about functional foods

To download the free toolkit, please visit

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

BP Blogger: Myth Busting Stroke 5 Perception Issue

The latest issue of the BP Blogger has been released and this issue focuses on the myths associated with stroke.  BP Blogger is a myth busting newsletter that provides evidence-based information on various care issues to the long-term care sector. It was created by Mary-Lou van der Horst, Seniors Health Project Consultant with the Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC, in collaboration with Regional Geriatric Program Central, Seniors Health Knowledge Network, and RIA.  This two-page newsletter delivers quick, evidence-based information to front-line workers in long-term care. 
The 3 myths discussed in this BP are:
Myth 1:  The impact of stroke is always obvious
Myth 2: Perception problems are not serious
Myth 3: Faster if we do it for residents
It also includes links to best practice guidelines and other important resources.  To download your free copy, please visit

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Aged Care Workers and HIV and Ageing

As more individuals who are HIV positive are living longer long-term care facilities and aged care workers are learning how to manage this chronic condition in older adults.  This booklet, developed by ASHM, is intended for healthcare professionals who work with older adults in the community and in long-term care facilities.  It provides basic information on HIV, the effect of HIV on the ageing process, HIV treatment, and information on
mental health issues that may arise.

The 12-page booklet is available as a free publication on the ASHM publication page.  To download, please see the Aged Care Workers and HIV and Ageing Link.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to People with Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions

From the AARP Public Policy Institute, Insight on the Issues series, this paper reports on results from a national survey showing that caregivers of family members with challenging behaviors were more likely to perform more than one medical/nursing task, such as managing medications, and often do so with resistance from the person they are trying to help. 

This analysis offers recommendations for assisting family caregivers who play this dual role.