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The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Ontario to test retirement home stays to ease hospital overcrowding

May 4, 2017
TheStar.com -  Jessica Smith Cross, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Offering recuperating seniors free stays in retirement homes is one of the measures the Ontario government will be testing as it tries to tackle the issue of overcrowded hospitals.

The province announced in its budget last week that it would test a program that gives seniors vouchers for their stays in retirement homes in an effort to free up hospital beds, but it has not specified how long the stays will be or which communities the measure will be tested in.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins said the program aims to help so-called alternative-level-of-care (ALC) patients, who are well enough to leave a hospital but don’t do so because they’re not able to live independently and don’t yet have a spot in a long-term care home or a home-care arrangement.

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Care aides have high levels of burn out - but there is good news

May 2, 2017
University of Alberta - Andrea Gruneir & Stephanie Chamberlain

Job burnout is a psychological condition that results from work-related stress. Our study found that care aides in Western Canadian nursing homes experienced high levels of burn out but continued to find meaning in their jobs.

TREC recently published a study led by TREC Trainee Stephanie Chamberlain in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. In this study, we explored how factors, like the work environment, influence burnout in care aides working in nursing homes (long-term care homes) in Western Canada.

Burnout is a psychological condition that results from work-related stress. We measured burnout using what is known as the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), a well-known measure, which considers three components of burnout:

  • Emotional exhaustion - depletion of physical and emotional resources
  • Cynicism - negative feelings towards one’s job, and
  • Lack of professional efficacy - feeling of accomplishment and meaning in your work.

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Mental-health facility found not guilty on four out of five safety charges

May 2, 2017
OHS Canada - Jeff Cottrill

(Canadian OH&S News) — A Brockville, Ont. judge has acquitted the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group on four out of five occupational health and safety charges, arising out of a patient’s attack on an employee of the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC) two-and-a-half years ago.

The incident occurred on Oct. 10, 2014, when mentally ill resident Marlene Carter stabbed registered nurse Debbie Vallentgoed in the neck and head repeatedly, with a pen that Carter had hidden on her person (COHSN, June 7). Carter already had a history of violent behaviour in the prison system.

On April 25, Justice Richard Knott found Royal Ottawa, which runs the facility, guilty on only one charge — of failing to reassess for the risk of violence at the Brockville site, according to a media release from the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA). The organization was found not guilty on four other charges.

“I think it’s a fair judgement,” said Dr. A.G. Ahmed, Royal Ottawa’s forensic associate chief. “Certainly, we’ve learned a big lesson from this.”

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AB Gov - A health care worker’s guide to health and safety on the job

April 26, 2017

The Alberta Government has developed a very handy resource for workers in our indudstry.  The booklet, called A health care worker’s guide to health and safety on the job is available online as is the OHS program information resource feedback survey.  The survey is available to users of the guide to complete to help the AB Gov improve on their resource materials.  

The guide covers topics such as legislation, reporting, resident and manuals material handling, working alone and much more!

We encourage you to check out this valuable resource and then provide your feedback to the AB Gov.