Feature Story

Mar 1, 2017

The LIVE Study

Mar 1, 2017

Pain Detection in Dementia Residents

Dec 1, 2016

Art Therapy

Oct 1, 2016

Implications of Technology in Long-Term Care

Technology is playing an increasingly larger role in our lives and its implications for long-term care are significant. Recent advances improve the lives of not only residents but staff working in long-term and residential care.

While it's hard to know what the future will hold, it's important to lay the groundwork so you’re ready to accept new technology as it becomes available.

Technology for Client Care

Technology for client care is a growing business, with a constant stream of new innovative software and programs. Determining what is best for your facility can be difficult but it all comes down to what is best for residents.

Jun 1, 2016

Memories Unlocked

Mandalas are circular religious and spiritual symbols, which can function as important depictions of cosmology, experiences of the divine, or metaphysical understandings of the self.

Mandalas in Hinduism and Buddhism can represent world and foundational mythologies, whereas the mandalas of Hildegard von Bingen, a Benedictine mystic, were painted depictions of her sacred visions.

Even Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, found use of the mandalas helpful in his own practice, understanding them to be “the psychological depiction of the totality of the self.”1 Mandalas can also be powerful and potent storytellers, which share individual and collective narratives to present and future generations.

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

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.”

Dec 1, 2015

PRINT/WEB: How to handle sexual assault allegations

Sexual assault in long-term care is an issue nobody wants to discuss. It’s disturbing and can make us uncomfortable. It would be easy to believe that your facility doesn’t have such issues but ignorance can be deadly.

Sexual assault does occur in long-term care and we need to be prepared for it.

Facilities must have the correct policies and procedures in place. You need to have a policy detailing what constitutes sexual consent and what does not. Procedures need to be in place if an assault occurs so you aren’t caught unawares and should include: when to involve the police, what should be documented, and how to handle both the abuser and the victim.

Oct 1, 2015

Experimental flooring

It’s inevitable; in long-term care, falls are going to happen.

Falls are the number one cause of unintentional injury among older adults in Canada. In high-risk environments like long-term care, 60 per cent of residents will have at least one fall a year. Thirty per cent of all falls in long-term care residents result in injury with 3-5 per cent causing fractures.

That’s why the Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors program (TIPS) is taking a unique approach to fall prevention.

Jun 1, 2015

Realistic Oral Care Direction for Caregivers

There are two oral care models presented to caregivers. The academic model describes, at length, the proper tooth brushing technique, supportive flossing styles and adjunct oral solutions, such as fluoride pastes and antimicrobial rinses, that must be performed each day.

The anecdotal model incorporates the very real issues that caregivers face; the lack of clinical “time” to provide any oral care, physical barriers when accessing the mouth and cooperation issues of the client. This discussion is entirely anecdotal and arises from four years, front line, mobile dental hygiene experience in private and long term care homes.

Let’s assume that an individualized oral care plan has been established for a client and the next stage is to successfully implement the caregiver role. Issues of medical history, periodontal health, risk of decay, co-operation and a limited swallow reflex have individualized each plan.