Expert ad­vi­sory panel to rec­om­mend im­prove­ments in long-term care

The Casket - - HEALTH&WELLNESS -

Min­is­ter of Health and Well­ness Randy Delorey has ap­pointed an expert ad­vi­sory panel to look at ways to im­prove the qual­ity of long-term care in Nova Sco­tia.

“We want to make sure peo­ple liv­ing in our long-term care homes are getting the best care pos­si­ble,” Delorey said. “Re­cent con­cerns have left us look­ing at what we can be do­ing dif­fer­ently and th­ese ex­perts will help guide us.”the three-member panel in­cludes: Jan­ice Keefe, chair di­rec­tor of Mount Saint Vin­cent Univer­sity's Nova Sco­tia Cen­tre on Ag­ing; Dr. Greg Archibald fam­ily doc­tor, wound care expert and head of Dal­housie Univer­sity's De­part­ment of Fam­ily Medicine; and Ch­eryl Smith nurse prac­ti­tioner, ed­u­ca­tor fo­cus­ing on polyphar­macy and de­men­tia care.

Their work will in­clude; iden­ti­fy­ing ev­i­dence-based so­lu­tions to im­prove qual­ity of care in long-term care fa­cil­i­ties, rec­om­mend­ing ap­pro­pri­ate staffing lev­els, staff com­ple­ment and skill mix for long-term care fa­cil­i­ties, and ad­vis­ing on the re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of long-term care staff.

In re­view­ing qual­ity of care, there will be a fo­cus on mat­ters such as proper wound care, pa­tient and worker safety, and ap­pro­pri­ate care and pro­tec­tion of vul­ner­a­ble per­sons.

The panel has been asked to re­port back with rec­om­men­da­tions by Nov. 30.

There are about 6,900 nurs­ing home beds and 900 res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­ity beds in Nova Sco­tia that serve about 11,000 peo­ple each year.

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