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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Canada

Statistics Canada released a Health Report in May 2016 about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the Canadian population according to the 2010/2011 Canadian Community Health Survey, the 2011/2012 Survey of Neurological Conditions in Institutions in Canada, and the 2011 Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada.
According to the report, dementia is the most common type of neurodegenerative disorder. Among Canadians aged 45 or older, 45% of those living in long-term residential care settings have a diagnosis of dementia.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Manitoba

Today (June 15) is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was developed & launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).
WEAAD involves activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the year and for years to come.”
You can find out about all the events happening around Manitoba today to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAD) at the WEAD Manitoba webpage.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Prevention and control of infection in care homes

The Health Protection Agency of the UK created a Prevention and control of infection in care homes best practice guidelines summary for staff, which outlines in a clear graphical format different aspects of infection prevention and control relevant to staff working in long term care.
The “Chain of Infection” cyclical graphic provides an overview of the process by which a resident acquires any type of infection and provides recommendations for staff on how to break the cycle of infection through simple, consistent infection prevention and control precautions.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Falls in Nursing Homes

The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in their series of resources on Home and Recreation Safety maintain an information and resources page on the topic of falls in nursing homes.
This page gives an overview of falls in nursing homes and the impact they have on resident quality of life and cost to the facility. Each section includes many facts and statistics on the prevalence and incidence of falls according to current literature.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Guidelines for Animal Visits and Interventions in Public and Private Health Services

Pets can be a great comfort to an individual at many stages in life. In long term care and during cognitive decline animal visits and interventions can be a person-centered method to create a better health experience for an individual.
Recognizing the benefits of therapeutic interactions with animals for patients and residents, the New South Wales Ministry of Health in Australia created a set of guidelines in 2012 which outlines infection prevention and control considerations, types of animal visitation, screening considerations, and considerations for resident animals (if an animal resides in a health facility).
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Prescribing and Administering Opioid Doses Based Solely on Pain Intensity: A Position Statement by the American Society for Pain Management Nursing

The American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) published in April 2016 a position statement on prescribing and administering opioid doses based solely on pain intensity. ASPMN states, “the practice of prescribing doses of opioid analgesics based solely on a patient’s pain intensity should be prohibited because it disregards the relevance of other essential elements of assessment…”
ASPMN describes other factors that need to be considered when assessing for pain in addition to pain intensity which include but are not limited to age, quality of pain, sedation level, respiratory status, and functional status.
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Rehabilitation for the frail elderly: models of care and quality indicators

The Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) (previously known as Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network, TVN) supports research with the CFN Knowledge Synthesis Grant. One research project supported by this grant resulted in a scoping review of different types of rehabilitation interventions evaluated in LTC, the outcomes used to evaluate the interventions and the tools or models used to guide allocation of services.
The results of this research project are described in a slide deck and recorded webinar on their website.
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