"There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier."-Charles Kettering
Welcome to the state of the industry issue.
This issue came about because we wanted to get to the heart of what is happening in the long-term care industry today. To that end, we devised six questions that we asked 12 participants; everything from 'What is the biggest issue facing long-term care today?' To 'What do you think the evolution of long-term care should be in the future?'
The answers we got were astounding; both thought-provoking and meaningful.
We had the opportunity to interview a great group of people, from long-term care administrators, to executive directors of associations, to government officials. The result is a wide variety of answers from the perspectives of people in provinces across Canada. And yet, there were many commonalities in people's answers. The struggle for resources and funding is real and one that cannot be ignored. The desire to innovate and think out of the box is a challenge because of constraints but needs to continue in order to have a vibrant sector. But what resonated the most was everyone's passion. I firmly believe that those who choose to work in long-term care do it because they are passionate about their work. We certainly saw that reflected in the answers from the participants. What you will see in the pages of this magazine is honesty about the industry, its challenges and what needs to come next. We know the long-term care industry isn't perfect but we also know that everyone strives each day to make it better. It's the people in this industry that fuel it. Here at Senior Care Canada, we feel honoured to be a small part of this industry, helping to make your jobs easier through the sharing of knowledge. To that end, we have two feature articles in this issue that are fascinating. The first is about pain detection in people with dementia and using technology to help perform pain assessments. The second is looking at a study that was done to improve the use of intravenous in long-term care. The results are very interesting. I hope this issue inspires you to continue to push further to provide the best quality care possible for your residents. I know it can be a struggle at times, but this look at the state of the industry shows that you are definitely not alone and that working together is the solution. There were so many great responses from all of the state of the industry participants, that we couldn't fit it all in the magazine. So we've included them on our website at: www.seniorcarecanada.com. Please check it out for more valuable insight into the industry. I sincerely hope you enjoy this issue as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. And thank you to all the participants of this issue. Lindsey Patten Interim Publisher/Editor