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Mar 16, 2017

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

Welcome to the State of the Industry Issue!

The print magazine is chock full of great answers from our participants but we had so many great responses that we are including some on the web too!

You can find them here:

THE PARTICIPANTS

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FACING LONG-TERM CARE TODAY?

WHAT IS THE MOST POSITIVE THING ABOUT THE INDUSTRY?

WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT NEED TO DO TO IMPROVE LTC IN CANADA?

HOW SHOULD THE LTC INDUSTRY RISE ABOVE NEGATIVE MEDIA PERCEPTIONS?

WHAT DOES THE EVOLUTION OF LTC LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE?

WHY DO YOU ENJOY WORKING IN LONG-TERM CARE?

Feb 2, 2017

Best Practices in Wound Care Institute: Clinical Stream

The 2017 Wound Care Institute will take place from February 26 to March 3, 2017 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

About this Event:

This institute provides opportunities to learn about the best practices in wound care through interactive dialogue with experts and through case studies, demonstrations and hands-on application labs.

Now with clinical and program planning streams.

Mission
To reduce the physiological, psychological, and the fiscal burden of wounds throughout Ontario by building clinical expertise using best practice guidelines (BPG) related to wound care.

FIND OUT MORE HERE: http://rnao.ca/events/wound-care-institute-foundational

Jan 25, 2017

Mental Health and Seniors

Today is Bell Let's Talk Day. In honour of this, we are reposting our article on Mental Health and Seniors:

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis that impacts seniors every day. And yet, in the media, the focus tends to be on youth or working adults, not the elderly.

Perhaps it's because we view some mental health issues as a natural part of aging when in fact it isn't.

A recent survey performed in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Yukon indicated that 44% of seniors were either diagnosed or had symptoms of depression. Let that number sink in for a moment.

And depression is only one in the list of several mental health issues that can affect seniors. In fact, 1 in 5 seniors have mental health issues.

It's a rising issue in our country and one that is not talked about nearly enough. (Click the headline for more)

Nov 7, 2016

OANHSS CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) is inviting proposals to present at our 2017 Annual General Meeting and Convention, being held April 19-21, 2017. This event is an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with senior staff from the long term care, seniors’ housing and community service sectors.

The deadline for submissions is Friday November 18, 2016

We welcome and encourage all OANHSS members as well as speakers in the academic community, consultants and others providing services in the seniors’ care, housing and community services sectors to share innovative and practical ideas and programs, research or other relevant content.

Learn more here:

OANHSS Call For Presentations

Jun 13, 2016

Workplace Wellness

In this issue of Senior Care Canada, we have an article about staff self-care at Veterans Memorial Lodge in Victoria, BC. They created a workshop that gave staff the opportunity to look at ways they can take care of themselves.


Workplace wellness is extremely important and often overlooked.

We are very fortunate here at the Senior Care Canada offices because we are participating in office yoga throughout the summer. It definitely starts the day off right!

But let's be honest, there might not be time at your facility for an initiative like this. There might not be time at all for workplace wellness. I know it can get very busy but let me advocate for why workplace wellness is important, even in small increments.

Mar 8, 2016

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

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

Dec 16, 2015

Relieving Anxiety During Admission

It can be difficult for both family members and the resident to make the transition into your long-term care facility.

Residents may feel anxious, nervous or scared. Family members may feel guilty and have separation anxiety.

These are all normal reactions and it’s up to you to assuage them as best you can.

The first step is to acknowledge those feelings. Let the resident and family member know that you understand. And then form a plan to help them work through it.

For family members, guilt is number one. There’s a sense that you are ‘leaving’ your loved one. It’s important to assure family members that they are a valuable part of the resident’s life and that your facility is not ‘replacing’ them. Family members may also feel guilty over the relief they feel, having the burden of caregiving removed.

Sep 8, 2015

Dealing with Negative Publicity

The long-term care industry is one of those industries where bad news gets media attention more than good. Rarely are long-term care homes in the media for all the good things they’ve done.

So what do you do if the negative spotlight is turned on you?

1.Don’t shy away from the situation

Whatever the situation is, when dealing with media, face it head on. Address the situation clearly and concisely in your statements. Don’t try to bluff or pretend the situation hadn’t occurred because it makes you look less than honest or as if you have something to hide.

Jun 18, 2015

Creating a Volunteer Program

Volunteers can become a huge part of your organization and help alleviate the burden on you and your staff.

But how do you create a thriving and sustainable volunteer program?

First, you need to think about the structure of your program.

What kind of activities do you want to have? How many volunteers will you need? Think about the size of your program and remember not to overcomplicate.

You may want to have 10 new programs, but realistically you may only be able to manage one or two.

Identify your needs and create programs to suit. There’s no point in developing a program that doesn’t get any participants.

Feb 11, 2015

Getting Your Community Engaged

Getting your community engaged is one of the best things you can do for your residents and your facility. It can boost your volunteer program and put smiles on the faces of your residents.

So how do you engage?

1. Share your story

In order for the community to become involved, they have to know who you are. Get the local paper to do a profile on you and your residents' stories, and if you can get the permission, their pcitures. This is a great time to mention that you are looking for volunteers or list any events coming up ie: open houses, BBQs or even church services.

2. Open your events to the community

Having a special event? Don't limit it just residents who can attend. If you have the space, allow community members to come as well. It gives them a chance to interact with your seniors and brighten their day.