Keepin’ your cool

Pleasant Meadow

Pleasant Meadow project to demonstrate methods for avoiding heat-related illness

Seniors are more susceptible to heat-related illness than other population segments, so it’s especially important for long-term care homes to have processes in place to ensure residents are not negatively impacted when the mercury rises.

Creating interventions to prevent heat-related illness will be the subject Pleasant Meadow Manor will address when the Norwood long-term care home produces its entry for the OMNI Video Challenge.

The video will provide a step-by-step analysis of how staff members need to react when hot weather poses risk to long-term care residents.

Among the aging population, long-term care residents are especially vulnerable to warmer temperatures, as many have chronic conditions that impair the body’s response to heat.

Many long-term care residents are also taking medications that interfere with how their bodies acclimatize to warmer weather.

Videos focused on long-term care quality indicators are being created by each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes. The completed videos will be shown at OMNI’s managers’ forum in Kingston May 26-28.

Pleasant Meadow Manor administrator and director of care Sandra Tucker, who is creative director for the home’s project, says staff members are excited about making the video, and the team has already laid out several scenes on paper.

The scenes will include assessment, preventative measures and how to provide comfort to residents during the hot, humid summer months. A major focus will be on keeping residents cool and hydrated.

There will be a moral to the story at the video’s conclusion.

Aside from being educational, Tucker says Pleasant Meadow Manor’s team wants to make its video entertaining and rich with visuals to help tell the story.

“(The video) will be much like a play, because there will be some dialogue, and we will also show demonstrations,” Tucker says.

Ontario long-term care providers are mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to publicly report on several areas of quality improvement effective April 1. These areas include falls prevention, pain management, food service and restraint reduction, among many others.

Part of the idea behind the OMNI Video Challenge is to have a fun and creative way to help keep quality improvement areas top of mind. After the OMNI’s managers’ forum, the videos will be uploaded onto OMNI’s Surge Learning educational management tool.

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