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Q: As a Basis For Providing Care, Are Mandatory Minimum Guidelines Beneficial?

Mar 8, 2016

For the 2nd Quarter of Senior Care Canada, we have posed a question to you, our readers.

Q: As a basis for providing care, are mandatory minimum guidelines beneficial?

We want to create a dialogue about this issue so we want to hear from you!

Do mandatory minimum guidelines work?

If let's say, the guideline states that each resident gets two or three baths a week but you can only give them one because of lack of staff or time, is that guideline useful?

Does it mean that residents will only get the minimums?

Or is it a good tool for determining what needs to be accomplished in a week?

And what about patient to staff ratios? What should those be?

We want to hear your thoughts!

So respond in the comments section below or tweet us @seniorcaremag

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Mar 22, 2016

The Science of a Smile

A smile can go a long way, can't it?

Have you ever felt a little down until a co-worker or friend gave you a smile? It can perk you right up and now there's scientific evidence to prove that there's something to it.

According to a study by psychologists from the University of Wisconsin, people in social situations often simulate others' facial expressions to create emotional responses in themselves.

So a smile (or a frown) can definitely be contagious.

Dec 16, 2015

Best Practices for Social Media

Social media like Facebook and Twitter can be a great way to connect with your residents' families and the community at large. So how can you be effective with this tool?

Here are a few best practices.

1. Don't Overcommit

Don't have time for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and more?

Then don't attempt to use all of them. Pick your one main social media tool and if you want to use the others sporadically (like the occasional Youtube video) then go for it.

2. Set Expectations

This ties into the first point. Don't post on Facebook everyday if that's something you can't sustain. Instead, determine how much time you have and post accordingly. Even if you just post once a week, people will come to expect that post every week.

Oct 26, 2015

Family-Centered Care

There’s been a lot of talk about person-centered care and how it should be incorporated into your facility. But what about family-centered care?

The concept of family-centered care is not as easy as it seems. So much energy is often focused on the needs of the resident that the needs of the family can sometimes be left behind. It’s also hard to balance the needs of the resident with that of the family, especially if they differ.

Family-centered care is about making sure that the family feels involved in the life of their loved one. It’s important to recognize that families come in all shapes and sizes and bring different emotional experiences to the table. Some families will want to be heavily involved while others will not.

Second Quarter 2016 In this issue

Mar 1, 2016

Developmental Disabilities and Aging

Long-term care is facing a new challenge. As persons with developmental disabilities (DD) live healthier longer lives, they’re beginning to require long term care, leaving facilities wondering if they have the right skills to deal with this unique population.

Though seemingly complex, the solution is easier than you think.

Mar 1, 2016

The Happiness Project

Longevity and a sense of contentment with life are what we all desire. The pursuit of a purposeful life accompanied with meaningful relationships and the ability to govern one’s own existence continues into the later years of life (Csíkszentmihályi & Csíkszentmihályi, 2006).

Unfortunately, the quality of life for those persons over the age of 85 years – also known as ‘the fourth age,’ is often impacted by loss of health and to a greater extent loss of independence, income, social life and relationships (Xavier, Ferraz, Marc, Escoteguy, & Moriguchi, 2003).

In many instances, these seniors transition into continuing care further diminishing their autonomy and relationships with others.

Mar 1, 2016

Participant and Caregiver Perceptions of the Benefits of a Dementia-Specific Adult Day Program

Participants at the Alzheimer Outreach Services Day Program of McCormick Home in London, Ontario may have memory problems, but they’re passionate about how important the program is to them.

“It keeps me from going crazy,” said one participant. “I find it very fulfilling. There are so many activities and no one really bossing you around. The programs are really good - better than staying at home. I’m grateful.”

Added another, “If I didn’t come here I’d be bored to death. I’d be triple bored.”