16th Jun

New Dining Practice Standards

Actually, the dining standards are not so new! The Pioneer Network is a growing coalition of organizations and individuals from across the nation, dedicated to making fundamental changes in values and practices in long term care. In 2011, the task

Mouth Checkup
20th May

ORAL CARE AND HEALTH IN LONG TERM CARE

Care givers in long term care settings struggle with providing good oral care for their residents. Consistent, adequate, oral hygiene can be a challenge with long term care admissions that have diagnoses such as dementia and often resist routine dental

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17th Apr

Medication and Therapy Treatment

Prescription drugs are important in the treatment and management of chronic diseases and pain in the senior population. The right medication can greatly contribute to improvement in quality of life, decreased pain and chronic symptomology, as well as increasing life

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17th Mar

Clinical Decision Making

Changes in therapy reimbursement and daily practice have been overwhelming the past 2 years! No longer can we utilize some of the therapy delivery modes that have clinically been a benefit to our clients i.e. group treatment and concurrent therapy

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20th Feb

POSITIONING TO IMPROVE FUNCTION

Therapists and nurses working in the long term care (LTC) environment often note poor posture and inadequate seating with their residents. This comes with the territory, unfortunately, as many LTC residents have disease processes and injuries that have weakened their

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8th Jan

Home Assessment and Patient Safety

A home assessment, or evaluation, is often a final and crucial step in discharging patients home safely and with adequate caregiver support. Occupational or Physical Therapy can perform this vital assessment and make skilled recommendations for environmental modifications, adaptive devices,

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13th Dec

CLINICAL “JEOPARDY”

Answers ___ 1.  The largest joint in the body ___ 2.  HEP stands for this ___ 3.  The hardest working muscle in the human body ___ 4.  Forcing the use of an impaired extremity by restraining the non-involved extremity ___

15th Nov

Rehab Dining….What is This?

Rehab dining programs are typically a joint effort involving Speech and Occupational Therapy in collaboration with nursing staff.  The Speech-Language Pathologist focuses on oral and pharyngeal swallowing deficits while Occupational therapy addresses the residents’ ability to feed themselves independently and

BENEFITS OF AN AQUATIC THERAPY PROGRAM

An aquatic environment promotes overall rehabilitation and physical fitness for people of all ages, but is especially beneficial to the aging population. Exercise and therapy are far less painful in warm water than on land and can often be a

CARING FOR THE CLINICALLY COMPLEX PATIENT

As our long term care admissions become more and more acute, the interdisciplinary care team has increased challenges in caring for the resident with comorbidities and diagnoses that can complicate and hinder the care and recovery process. The clinically complex