Editor's Pick

Top 5 Things Administrators Are Good At

Jul 23, 2014

1.Connecting with residents

A good administrator connects with residents beyond the perfunctory greetings on a daily basis. While time may be tight, knowing your residents is extremely important to ensure that correct care is given.

2.Setting high standards

High standards is a bit of a misnomer, isn’t it? Standards should always be high and a good administrator implements each and every one. They also work with their team to keep pushing for standards to remain high making attaining excellence in care more achievable.

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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?

Jun 16, 2014

Diet and Dementia: You Are What You Eat?

You are what you eat. When I was a kid I thought this meant that if I ate cake I would turn into cake. Not unappealing for a seven year old. But is it really true?

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Jul 21, 2014

Cape Breton tech firm, Health Outcomes, lands Alberta health deal

Tracking system to be provided

A contract to provide patient monitoring services for some Alberta long-term care facilities has significant implications for a Cape Breton health technology company.

Jul 21, 2014

Immunization for Ontario health care workers lags as patients die

Nearly 200 people died and hundreds more were hospitalized from the spread of disease in Toronto long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals in the past four years, a Torstar/Ryerson University investigation has found.

Jul 21, 2014

Long-term care patients filling WCGH

Nearly half of the West Coast General Hospital's bed capacity is currently occupied by longterm care patents, forcing staff to set up those with acute conditions by hallways and other parts of the health facility.

At the end of last week, 19 of the Port Alberni hospital's 52 spaces were being used by patients who would be better served in a long-term care facility, according to the facility's site manager Ellen Brown.

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.