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

Making the business case for safety

April 28, 2014
Canadian Occupational Safety - Linda Johnson

Appeal to executives' heads and hearts to get buy-in

Noël Després has seen what it takes for a company to transform its safety performance. At Comeau's Sea Foods, it took a great deal of effort over several years, and required a change in outlook among senior managers.

"We changed our safety culture. Safety was there, but it was not in the forefront," recalls the general manager and COO of the Saulnierville, N.S.-based company, which employs 500 workers at processing plants, testing facilities, a dry dock and fishing boats. "We turned it around miraculously. It was a lot of hard work."

In each of 2011 and 2012, Comeau's reduced lost-time injury claims by 50 per cent. Last year, the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCBNS) recognized the company for its safety leadership and significantly improved safety outcomes. 

Read the full article: http://www.cos-mag.com/human-resources/hr-stories/3896-making-the-business-case-for-safety.html

Doing More with More: Putting Shared Leadership into Practice

April 28, 2014
Non-Profit Quarterly - Michael Allison, Susan Misra, Elissa Perry

Even before the "Great Recession," nonprofit leaders were told that they needed to learn how to do more with less. The field encouraged nonprofits to tighten their belts and look outside their organizations for solutions. Convinced that these approaches were not the only way, the authors, as part of a "Leadership Learning Community" (LLC) team organized by the TCC Group, worked with leaders of twenty-seven civic participation organizations from 2008 to 2010 to explore an alternative: building shared leadership within an organization.

After two years of experimentation with shared leadership, TCC Group conducted an evaluation, and found that 78 percent of participants had increased their awareness, knowledge, and ability to develop staff as leaders at all levels of the organization. The evaluation, which included event feedback surveys, a post-initiative survey of all participants, and two participant focus groups, also revealed significant increases in both staff involvement in decision making and clear and effective accountability structures throughout the cohort. Many of the organizations discovered that they were able to do more effective work with less or the same amount of funds, and reported that shared leadership eased the stresses on executive directors. Essentially, the organizations found that they could do more with less (funds) by doing more with more (leadership).

Read article here: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/management/24051-doing-more-with-more-putting-shared-leadership-into-practice.html

Psychological Health and Safety in Canadian Healthcare Settings

January 17, 2014
Longwoods Publishing Healthcare Quarterly - Jennifer Kitts

Psychological health and safety are growing priorities in Canadian workplaces, including Canadian healthcare settings. The workplace has a key role to play in promoting mental health. The Canadian Healthcare Association recently adopted a position statement strongly encouraging members and all health stakeholders to adopt and take action to implement the new voluntary standard, outlined in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.


Initiative cuts MRSA by more than a third in veterans’ nursing homes, report shows

January 9, 2014
McKnights Long Term Care News & Assisted Living - Elizabeth Leis

A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

The MRSA infection rate decreased 36% over the 42-month study period, according to results published in January in the American Journal of Infection Control. This was despite admissions with MRSA colonization increasing, the report noted. The initiative included 133 Veterans Affairs long-term care facilities.