This is Long Term Care 2024 ePosters

Location: Pre-Function B

Monday, October 21
ePoster #1 - 11:45 am - 12:00 pm - Craiglee Nursing Home’s Journey: Integrating Best Practices to Prevent Falls and Reduce Fall Related Injuries 

The poster showcases Craiglee Nursing Home’s steps in integrating the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury From Falls Best Practice Guidelines. After conducting a comprehensive gap analysis, the interprofessional team engaged in collaborative efforts to initiate and sustain practice change in the home. The poster describes a transformation to both culture and practice embracing a universal falls precaution philosophy of care, improving quality of life, and lessening resident risk through targeted interventions.

Presenter: Claudia Petan, Craiglee Nursing Home

ePoster #2 - 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm - Radiography on Wheels

In New Brunswick (NB), residents in nursing homes (NHs) and special care homes (SCHs) are usually transferred via ambulance to hospital if they require diagnostic services. As a innovative solution, Loch Lomond Villa and the University of New Brunswick partnered to pilot a mobile X-ray service, Radiography on Wheels. An X-ray Technologist brought a mobile X-ray machine directly to resident’s bedsides at 16 participating NHs and SCHs in NB. The results demonstrated improved access to quality care and person-centered care, while averting the need to transport some residents to hospitals. The Government of NB has since expanded the mobile X-ray service to all NHs and SCHs in the province.

Presenter: Danielle Kent, Loch Lomond Villa

ePoster #3 - 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm - Benefits of Intergenerational Music Therapy Programming in Long-term Care

Music-based activities in long-term care can offer opportunities for connection and communication. Intergenerational relationships can help address loneliness and social isolation in older adults. This session will describe an intergenerational music therapy program offered in long-term care homes across Ontario. Benefits of the program for residents, children from the local community, and staff will be discussed, and information about how to implement the program in the LTC context will be shared.

Presenter: Kate Dupuis, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

ePoster #4 - 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm - Leveraging Technology for Enhanced Infection Prevention and Control Practices in Long-Term Care: A Case Study of IPAC Program

This study will showcase Sienna Senior Living’s innovative approach to enhancing IPAC practices through the adoption of an infection surveillance platform. Sienna Senior Living operates 45 care communities across Ontario and British Columbia, serving a large population of seniors. Recognizing the critical importance of efficient IPAC practices, particularly in the context of an aging population and evolving healthcare landscape, Sienna embarked on a strategic initiative to integrate technology to improve their IPAC protocols.

Presenter: Joan Lootee, Sienna Senior Living

ePoster #5 - 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm - Transforming Dementia Care Through Be EPIC-VR’s Person-Centered Communication Training

Be EPIC-VR is a groundbreaking virtual reality training program designed for healthcare workers in dementia care. It integrates conversational artificial intelligence to facilitate realistic interactions with avatars representing persons living with dementia. The effectiveness of Be EPIC-VR was evaluated in a study involving 74 frontline care workers. Findings from surveys, video analyses, and focus groups demonstrated significant improvements in dementia care competence and person-centered communication, highlighting the program’s impact on quality of care.

Presenter: Marie Savundranayagam, Western University

ePoster #6 - 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm - Eliminating Alarms in Long-Term Care Homes

LTC facilities have been using alarms to beds and wheelchairs of residents considered at risk of falling. Several studies have shown the use of alarms has not proven to assist in preventing falls. It indicates the person is already on the floor. In Meighen Manor, the total number of falls increased despite use of alarms. Alarms exacerbate situation, scaring the resident into moving even faster and then falling. There are times resident was trying to turn off the alarm rather than holding their walker. Instead of the person focusing on their balance, they get disrupted by the alarms which lead to fall. 

Presenter: Rochelle Santos, The Salvation Army

ePoster #7 - 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm - Caring for Individuals Living with Personality Disorder: Educational Resources to Build Skilled and Confident Care Teams

Behavioural Supports Ontario is excited to share a new Personality Disorder (PD) Capacity Building Package containing grab-and-go, evidenced informed resources to build skill and confidence in care teams. This publicly available resource includes an information booklet, fact sheets, and slide decks. Content includes understanding PD, practical approaches in caring for older adults living with PD and strategies to promote self/team wellness. Results of brief surveys demonstrate the applicability and impact of the educational resources.

Presenter: Debbie Hewitt Colborne, North Bay Regional Health Centre

Tuesday, October 22
ePoster #1 - 11:30 am - 11:45 am - Introducing QUIS - A Method and Measurement to Improve Resident Quality of Life in LTC

QUIS – or the Quality of Interactions Schedule – is a research validated observational tool developed by Dean and Proudfoot in 1993. The approach was first applied in acute care settings to measure the quality of interactions between people giving and receiving care and subsequently adapted by Meaningful Care Matters, a UK-based consultancy, to measure and improve resident quality of life in LTC. Join us to learn how to use QUIS in LTC.

Presenter: Cristina de Santis, Responsive Group

ePoster #2 - 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm - Strategies To Improve Staffing in Long-Term Care

Are you routinely working short and facing multitple staffing challenges such as burnout and fatigue within your staff? Is the competitive hiring market making it difficult to recruit and retain employees? We have found a model of care called the Float Pool that has helped us with staffing flexibility, reduced over time and agency hours, as well as assisting with employee burnout prevention.

Presenter: Alison Exley, St. Joseph’s Hospital – Mount Hope LTC

ePoster #3 - 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm - Challenges and Opportunities for Recruitment and Retention of Nurses and Personal Supports in Long-Term Care (LTC)

Challenges for recruitment and retention of nurses and personal supports in long-term care (LTC) is an ongoing issue. This secondary analysis of survey data from the staff in four LTC homes was examined to better understand the elements of recruitment and retention in the LTC workforce. 

Presenter: Winnie Sun, Ontario Tech University

ePoster #4 - 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm - Life and Legacy Support Groups: Lessons Learned

The Apotex social work team is running the Life and Legacy group with the purpose of bringing together capable LTC residents to build social connections and reduce social isolation and loneliness. The support group aims to encourage residents to build meaningful relationships and support one another. The group encourages discussion that reflects on lives lived, accomplishments, and impactful life events that have shaped group members’ lives. This group provides discussion topics that direct conversations towards the legacy that residents may want to leave behind, and encourages residents to share their stories and wishes with their families.

Presenter: Jessica Rochman-Fowler, Baycrest Apotex Jewish Home for the Aged

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