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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to use Water Safely in Long-Term Care Facilities During a Boil Water Advisory

This resource from Alberta health Services explains what a boil water advisory is, why a boil water advisory is put into effect and what precautions can be taken by facilities and individuals in long-term care when a boil water advisory is in effect.

There can be many questions during a boil water advisory about personal hygiene (can I brush my teeth without boiling water?), food consumption and handling (can I still wash dishes with water that is not boiled?) are just a few that are addressed in this information sheet. Also, this resource describes steps that can be taken after a boil water advisory is lifted to ensure water safety.

The resource can be accessed here:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Just Clean Your Hands (JCYH) Training and Tools for Long-Term Care Homes

Developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care of Ontario in 2008 the Just Clean Your Hands (JCYH) program is a multi-faceted evidence-based education and awareness effort whose aim is to reduce infections and the spread of infection in health care settings resulting from lack of proper hand hygiene.
According to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, at any time there are over 1.4 million people worldwide suffering from health care associated infections. In North American hospitals, 5-10 per cent of all patients will acquire health care associated infections. However, proper hand hygiene have been proven to reduce health care associated infection by 20-40 per cent.
There are two sections of JCYH: hospitals and long-term care settings.  Included in the toolkit are resources for promotion, education, evaluation and auditing for health care providers. There are videos associated with each section to accompany and supplement written materials.
The Just Clean Your Hands (JCYH) Training and Tools for Long Term Care Homes can be found here :

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Guide to the Control of Respiratory Infection Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Homes

The flu can be an ongoing threat in long term care homes all year round, but during the fall through early spring outbreaks of respiratory infections are a higher risk. Outbreaks lead to significant rates of morbidity and mortality amongst the long-term care home (LTCH) residents. LTCH residents are more susceptible to acute respiratory infections because of potentially weakened immune systems as a result of chronic illnesses and decreased lung capacity. Institutional settings are also a contributing factor to outbreaks.

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care developed a guide including resources and recommendations to assist health care providers in long-term care settings prevent infection and control outbreaks among residents. 

The guide can be accessed here:

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers: Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Care Settings

Published by the Centers for Disease Control (US), this comprehensive toolkit contains a number of resources intended to help long-term care facilities, organizations, and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help any employer of workers in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BP Blogger: Restraints

The BP Blogger is a myth busting newsletter that provides evidence-based information on various care issues to the long-term care sector.  It was created by Mary-Lou van der Horst, Seniors Health Project Consultant with the Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC, in collaboration with Regional Geriatric Program Central, Seniors Health Knowledge Network, and RIA.
This issue of BP Blogger focuses on the use of restraints:
For all issues of BP Blogger, go to:

Alive Inside now on Netflix

Please note that Alive Inside: the documentary about the Music and Memory program founded by Dan Cohen, is now available for Netflix subscribers. The following is from the Alive Inside website:

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Care of the elderly program at the University of Alberta: Meeting the challenges of treating the aging population