SELBY, Ont. – In the year and a half since Village Green was awarded funding from the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) for a part-time registered practical nurse (RPN) and personal support worker (PSW) to add to the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team, the Greater Napanee long-term care home has been able to stem responsive behaviours and also share valuable knowledge.
Since then, health-care aide Sylvia O’Brien and RPN Denise Simpson have been attending educational sessions and sharing what they learn with other members of Village Green’s BSO team and even with other homes in the area.
“We look at referrals, we help with referrals to outside agencies (and) we work one-on-one with residents who are having responsive behaviours for one reason or another,” Sylvia says. “We get down to the bottom of why that might be happening. We look at their past and we look at any traumatic experiences they might have.”
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