The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère, in collaboration with Algonquin College, is offering a series of mini webinars to support LTC homes facilitate communication at end-of-life: Ripples of Thoughtful Words. Ripples are short, will give comfort, calmness, and strength to support team members as they communicate with each other, with residents and their family members. These webinar sessions are 20 minutes in length. To learn more or to register click here.
Thurs. May 28, 2020 from 12-1PM EST. Join Dr. Susan Hunter for this webinar where she will address the quantitative and standardized evaluation of safe use of 4-wheeled walker using a new tool, the Safe Use of Mobility Aid Checkllist (SUMAC). To learn more or to register click here.
June 3rd, 2020 at 1PM EST. Join Ron Baecker & Stephanie Gagne as they discuss the FamliNet app that aims to prevent social isolation by offering older adults an easy way to connect with family and friends. To learn more or to register click here.
Wed. May 20, 2020 at 1PM EST. Join this online forum for older adults and caregivers from the AGE-WELL network to share their lived experience during the pandemic. Information about how AgeTech solutions are being used during the pandemic will be shared. To learn more or to register click here.
May 2020 blog post written by Olga Nikolajev, R.N., MA, CT
During the month of May we highlight the work of palliative care and celebrate those that give of themselves to be part of an end of life care team providing support, comfort and guidance. The end of life care team may include a palliative care physician, a pain and symptom management nurse, hospice volunteers, a social worker, chaplain, personal support worker AND an end of life doula. You may be like many others, who have not heard of end of life doulas or death doulas or thanadoulas as they are sometimes called.
The Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) and GTA Rehab Network have created an online collection of resources on rehabilitation for patients with, or recovering from, COVID-19. A number are recent publications specific to COVID-19, including some that draw on the experience of China and Italy. Others are previously published documents on rehabilitation for patients following critical care/ICU admission. Additional resources will be added as they are identified or become available.
The Ontario Long Term Care Association launched Link2LTC, powered by Tazwiz, as a system-wide solution to the sector’s critical need for staff – exacerbated by COVID-19. Ontario’s health students are uniquely qualified to support long-term care homes and would benefit from these paid opportunities with screening and critical training. The time to care is now. Check out ltc.tazwiz.com today.
This information sheet from the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary includes information on atypical presentation of COVID-19 in frail older adults, how to optimize care for older adults suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and considerations for older adults presenting with delirium. 2 pages. Last reviewed April 8, 2020.