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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.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Former Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange (AKE) and the Canadian Dementia Resource and Knowledge Exchange (CDRAKE) have recently combined to form BrainXchange. This new network aims to better support those who strive to improve quality of life of those living with brain-health needs such as dementia, mental health or neurological conditions related to aging.
BrainXchange provides a resource list organized alphabetically by topic areas. Examples of topic areas included are assessment, age friendly communities, education and training, mild cognitive impairment to name a few.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Senior Care Canada Infographics

Infographics are a great way to absorb information in a quick and easy eye-catching way. Senior Care Canada, an independent national magazine on the topics of long-term care and aging, is published quarterly. In each issue there is an infographic that provides facts and figures on various topics relating to Canadian seniors in long-term care.
Many infographics from past issues are all freely available for download from their website, and they encourage long-term care facilities to print and post these informational resources as posters on education bulletin boards.
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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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