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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Agitation and Aggression in Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia

The Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research coordinates the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) which aims to assist clinicians to be able to use existing scientific evidence and research in clinical practice and healthcare decision making by synthesis and knowledge translation of multiple sources into a succinct but comprehensive description of various health and healthcare systems related topics.
In November 2014, CHRSP released a publication of their Evidence in Context series on Agitation and Aggression in Long-term Care Residents with Dementia in Newfoundland and Laborador. This document is organized into lists and descriptions of interventions with the highest level of evidence to interventions that are not supported in the scientific literature at present.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Best Practices Guide for Safely Reducing Anti-Psychotic Drug Use in Residential Care

The British Columbia Care Providers Association developed a Best Practices Guide for Safely Reducing Anti-Psychotic Drug Use in Residential Care to ensure residential care homes are safe places to live and work. 

The guide is organized into three parts: 1) an overview of facts and figures relating to dementia and anti-psychotic medication prescription rates, 2) strategy description for anti-psychotic drug reduction in seven long-term care facilities in BC that have been successful, and 3) a list of resources related to reduction of anti-psychotic medications for elderly with dementia in residential care. 

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Dignity in Care Videos

At SCIE Social Care TV there is a series of videos entitled “Dignity in Care” which explore the topic of dignity in care for the elderly.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), based out of London in the UK, seeks to improve the lives of those receiving care by providing resources on best practices for interacting with various populations to care providers. Although important when interacting with all populations, a topic of frequent discussion in care for the elderly is dignity in care.

The “Dignity in Care” videos cover topics such as practical assistance, pain management, personal hygiene, nutrition and more. Each video is 10-15 minutes in length and includes detailed descriptions and intended audience information.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prevention of Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections Among Older Adults

The aim of the Public Health Agency of Canada is to promote health and protect Canadians from illness through innovation and education. In their Questions & Answers publication on Prevention of Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs) Among Older Adults published in April 2015, the Public Health Agency of Canada explores what is known about STBBIs among older Canadian adults including individual, interpersonal, social, and structural risk factors that can be associated with this population.
Considerations and recommendations for long-term care facilities to prevent and educate on this topic in their facilities are included.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Person and Family Centred Care Best Practice Guidelines

The newly published best practice guidelines from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) on Person and Family Centred Care provide recommendations for practice, education and organizational policy.

These guidelines include recommendations relevant to all health care settings and aim to improve quality of care and promote person centred care.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Nutrition & Aging

A summary report has been published for the Nutrition & Aging Think Tank event on May 20-21, hosted by the Schelegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and the Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) program.

Hosted by the same research group that is looking at the standardization of pureed foods, experts in nutrition and aging converged in Waterloo to engage in a priority-setting process to identify the key determinants of food intake in long-term care settings. The determinants they prioritized included both psychosocial as well as nutritional aspects of mealtimes such as social interactions, self-feeding ability, assisting attitude, nutrition density and others.
Find out what the other determinants were and how they were prioritized by clicking on the link below.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Smart-e-Pants: Using Intermittent Electrical Stimulation to Prevent Pressure Ulcers

CADTH (the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health) has recently completed on April 9, 2015 a report in their series on “Issues in Emerging Health Technologies”, a review on a new technology that has been developed in the hopes of reducing pressure ulceration. “Smart-e-Pants” are likened in the report to biking shorts that are equipped with surface electrodes intended to provide electrical stimulation to areas at high-risk of pressure ulcers.

In the report, it is noted that the highest percentage of pressure ulceration occurs in long-term care settings.

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