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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Providing Diversity Competent Care to People of Sikh Faith

Providing culturally competent care to all patients/residents is a priority among health care providers and across many health care systems in Canada, but it can be often difficult to know how to provide culturally competent care to some groups without any understanding of their culture.

This handbook, developed by Diversity Services in the Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia, intends to inform health care providers about providing care to people of the Sikh faith in a culturally competent way.  

This resource can be accessed here: 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Depression Among Seniors

The Canadian Psychological Association publishes a series of fact sheets entitled “Psychology Works” which describe different psychological conditions affecting various populations.

Their brief online fact sheet “Depression Among Seniors” gives an overview of symptoms, risks and outcomes, an explanation for why depression is often overlooked in this population and possible psychological interventions that can be considered for elderly patients/residents experiencing depression.

This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trauma Informed: The Trauma Toolkit

Klinic Community Health Centre in Winnipeg developed the Trauma-informed: Trauma Toolkit in 2013 to describe trauma and its effects as well as guidelines for working with people affected by trauma.

Trauma and traumatic events, whether physical or psychological, can occur to people in any or all stages of a person’s life. By the time elderly residents are entering long-term care facilities they will have a wealth of memories and experiences that they are carrying with them on top of the effects of transitioning into a long-term care facility, or just the physical experience of aging.

For health care providers, understanding trauma and its acute and long-term effects on an individual enables one to provide care which could foster healing and growth in residents and patients.

This resource can be accessed by clicking the link here:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dementia Friends Canada

Dementia Friends Canada is an initiative of the Alzheimer Society and the Government of Canada. It is designed to help all Canadians, health care providers and consumers alike, to gain more understanding of the realities of living with dementia.

According to Dementia Friends Canada, to be a Dementia Friend you need to know the signs of dementia (the website features a one and a half minute video describing signs of dementia), be patient with those with dementia and commit to taking action to support those living with dementia using patience and kindness (a more detailed list of actions that can support those living with dementia is made available after registering to be a Dementia Friend).

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Diabetes and Dementia Guidance on Practice Management

TREND-UK, a working group of diabetes nurses facilitate a forum of related nursing organizations to discuss and develop best practices relating to diabetes nursing in the UK.

A comorbidity commonly seen in elderly diabetic patients is dementia. In TREND-UK’s guidance on practice management on diabetes and dementia they explore the impact of the one on the other and treatments for both and which treatments are most effective with them.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Quick Reference Guide

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance have worked together to develop clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

Unfortunately, the complete comprehensive clinical practice guideline is not available for free to the public and can only be purchased online to ensure that relevant information is freely available to clinicians working with patients and residents at risk of pressure ulcers. However, a Quick Reference Guide in electronic form is available free online and contains recommendations for all stages of pressure injury management, from skin and tissue risk assessment to wound care and options for non-healing wounds. Also within this quick reference guide are specific recommendations for special populations such as older adults and bariatric individuals.

This resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fit for the Future

The Institute for Research in Social Services, in partnership with Scottish Care in Scotland, provides support to social service providers of older people in Scotland’s independent sector through the collaborative project called Fit for the Future.

The project is focused on creating positive change to the provision of care for the elderly in two ways. First, recommending smaller changes that can be implemented daily and immediately by all levels of staff working with the elderly and second, providing resources that enable institutions to look at what the future of care will be in the long term.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here: