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Pet Therapy

Aug 27, 2014

In several facilities in California, a resident is petting and comforting an animal. One that isn’t real.

Robot technology has been developed to provide pet therapy, albeit the robotic kind, to residents with dementia.

You can read the story here: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/08/08/robot-pets-elderly-us-nursing-homes

Well no offense to the robots, but we think a real pet is a much better therapy tool. Above all else, pets remind you that you aren’t alone.

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Aug 7, 2014

Including Family and Staff in Events

It can be an intense experience when you have to pass along the care of a loved one into the hands of a stranger. It takes a large amount of trust and yet worry still remains. The problem occurs when that worry coupled with fear and concern escalates a situation in a facility.

Jul 7, 2014

Creating a Positive Team Environment

We've all had one of those jobs. Good pay, good job, bad environment. A positive working environment makes a huge difference in a workplace.

But what does that even mean? People tend to focus on the word positive and assume that it’s about being as positive as possible 24/7. But of course, that’s completely unrealistic. Instead, the focus needs to be on the word team.

Jun 19, 2014

Ask An Expert: Reviewing the Contract

How much time is appropriate to allow a new hire to review a contract?

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Aug 27, 2014

Increased risk of stroke in people with cognitive impairment

People with cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to have a stroke, with a 39% increased risk, than people with normal cognitive function, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Aug 27, 2014

Quebec announces public inquest into deadly seniors' home fire

QUEBEC CITY — A coroner will examine causes and table recommendations following a fire at a Quebec seniors' home that killed 32 people.

Quebec's public safety minister, Lise Theriault, said Tuesday that coroner Cyrille Delage will have "all of the latitude" to determine why the mostly wooden structure in l'Isle-Verte, Que., was gutted by fire on Jan. 24.

Aug 18, 2014

Canadians desperate for a national seniors care strategy

OTTAWA, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Nearly all Baby Boom Canadians aged 45 years and over (95 per cent) identify the need for a pan Canadian seniors care strategy, according to the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 2014 National Report Card on health issues.

Not only are 81 per cent of these Canadians concerned with the quality of health care they can expect in their future, 78 per cent are worried about their ability to access quality home and long-term care in their retirement years, the Ipsos Reid poll found.

Third Quarter 2014 In this issue

Jun 1, 2014

Everyday heroes

We all have superpowers. In fact Superman, Captain Canuck, Wolverine and Spiderman are weaklings in compared to us.

You might not be able to leap a tall building in a single bound, shoot adamantium blades out of your hands or swing from buildings on ropes spun from your own spider silk, but you certainly have superpowers.

From the conversation you have with the ladies in the hair salon to the smile you give Mr Andrews as he waits for his son to pick him up, even down to the staff meeting you lead and the residents’ council you facilitate, it’s all about being a superhero to someone and that’s not a small thing.

Jun 1, 2014

Activities and Agitation

This article describes practical research on a Life Enrichment Program in a long-term care home. We describe the research as ‘practical’ because it examined effects associated with a program offered routinely by the home.

The purposes were to raise awareness of research methodology among the home’s staff members and to educate university students about the advantages and potential pitfalls of applying such methodology to answer practical questions.

The question posed by staff was whether evidence could be obtained that the Life Enrichment Program for severely demented residents lowered their agitation.

Jun 1, 2014

Cutting through the smoke

When one thinks about marijuana, an image of a stoner comes to mind; a slack-jawed, confused teenager with a bag of chips in his hand. However, as the discovery of the many uses of marijuana grows, the face of the typical ‘stoner’ may well be one of your elderly residents. In fact, a study done in the US said that the fastest growing population of medical marijuana users is seniors.

The issue of medical marijuana is a subject ripe for debate, with equally important viewpoints on each side. As a care facility, it’s important for you and your staff to be fully aware of the details surrounding this drug so you are able to deal with it appropriately if a situation arises.

The most important area of knowledge concerns the different ways that medical marijuana can be distributed. While smoking marijuana is obviously the first method people think of, there are several other ways to administer the drug that is more beneficial for medicinal purposes.