All LTC homes in region attended full-day event on Oct. 27
Streamway Villa RPN-BSO Sarah Wilson says the Central East Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN’s) Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) autumn community of practice session demonstrated how far long-term care homes in the region have come in developing person-centred interventions for residents with cognitive impairment.
Sarah and other Streamway Villa front-line staff members and managers attended the Oct. 27 event, which was held at Baxter Creek Golf Club. The event was the first full-day community of practice BSO meeting the Central East LHIN has hosted, and the high turnout was evidence of BSO’s value to the long-term care sector, Sarah says.
“The community of practice events have really evolved the past four years,” Sarah says. “Every home in our area participated in the event, and they all sent staff. It was really amazing to see that we all have a common vision and that is for person-centred care. … Regardless of what (long-term care provider we work for), we’re all in it for the same purpose.”
Other OMNI Health Care long-term care homes in the Central East LHIN are Burnbrae Gardens, Frost Manor, Pleasant Meadow Manor, Riverview Manor and Springdale Country Manor.
BSO is a provincial initiative to help enhance quality of life for seniors affected by dementia and other conditions that cause agitation. Funding from the initiative is provided to long-term care homes through Ontario’s 14 LHINs and is largely put towards staff education.
Through BSO, staff members can access education in evidence-based programs that reduce agitation for people with cognitive impairment, such as Montessori, the Gentle Persuasive Approach, and P.I.E.C.E.S. (physical, intellectual, emotional, capabilities, environment and social) training.
The educational day included a variety of sessions focused on caring for people with dementia. Baycrest provided a dementia simulation workshop, where attendees wore weighted clothing and had glasses that distorted vision to show what it’s like to live with dementia. There was another session on cultural diversity. Sarah and nurse practitioner Dmitri Goold presented a case study about providing supports to a resident with severe cognitive impairment. (The OMNIway will soon be speaking with Sarah about this story)
The event included a play called I’m Still Here that was presented by Ryerson University students. The play featured seniors as actors and takes audience members through the process of being diagnosed with dementia, how dementia affects people and their families, and what it is like to live with the condition.
“It was very, very moving and very emotional. A lot of people were in tears throughout the play,” Sarah says.
“I’ve heard in our area that there is a lot of people looking for sponsors … to host the play so homes in our area can invite staff members and families to see it because it was so moving.”
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