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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Inter-Professional Spiritual Care Engagement Tool

The Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) features on their website a list of resources which could be of use to anyone engaging in spiritual care in settings such as health care, education or private practice. One of the featured resources is a tool from the Niagara Health System called the Inter-Professional Spiritual Care Engagement Tool (SCET).
There is a description of the SCET and its purpose and context, the tool itself, an educational package with self-directed or more guided learning options for health care providers to gain understanding of spiritual care and how to engage with patients or residents on spiritual care topics, and finally there is a document describing the scope of practice of those whose background is spiritual or pastoral working in health care, and vice versa the scope of practice of those working in health care who engage in spiritual care.
This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Prevention of Dehydration in Geriatric Patients in Long-Term Care: Guidelines

CADTH, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, as a part of their Rapid Response service, developed a synthesis and summary of pre-existing guidelines on the topic of dehydration prevention in geriatric patients living in LTC.

This Rapid Response report summarizes four guidelines on the topic of dehydration prevention in long-term care that were identified as being evidence-based. This Rapid Response document was completed in July 2014 and includes summaries of guidelines from the last five years only. From this report you are also able to full-text of the guidelines that are summarized.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Long-Term Care Toolkit: Teamwork

Teamwork is an important aspect of any workplace. In healthcare, effective teamwork is paramount to ensure quality of patient care. In long-term care these can be interdisciplinary teams of varied size.

The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety has developed a toolkit specifically geared towards long-term care of strategies with corresponding potential tools and resources that can be used to improve teamwork amongst health care providers. Many of the elements of the toolkit come from the TeamSTEPPS program, a teamwork system developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) the United States.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Hospice Enabled Dementia Care

As a part of their Towards Excellence series, Hospice UK published this guide on the topic of how to provide quality hospice care for people with dementia, their families, and caregivers. This document published in March 2015 is written with recommendations geared towards hospice facilities and health care providers in hospice and palliative care.

Hospice UK explores the topics of excellence in hospice and dementia care and how and where these two areas of research and practice can converge to care for those with dementia in hospice care.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Activity + Aging Recommended Practice Guidelines

The Seniors Health Research Transfer Network of Ontario, in conjunction with researchers in the Centre for Activity and Aging at the University of Western Ontario, created recommended practice guidelines on outcome-focused physical activity programming in long-term care homes.

These guidelines are intended to direct development of programming offered by recreation therapists/coordinators and includes recommendations for all phases of developing activity programming from assessment to implementation and finally evaluation of the programming.

This resource can be accessed here:

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:

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:

To read the full report of this study click (note: this can take a little longer to load on your browser than the summary)