Shining a spotlight on collaborative and innovative ways to help you achieve better health outcomes for older adults across the continuum.
March 2019
Coach's Tip - Spreading awareness is a simple, powerful tool that saves lives - no QI project required!
After learning about delirium from our Delirium Toolkit, a Personal Support Worker (PSW) was able to spot signs of delirium in an older adult and alert a family member to seek medical attention. Delirium was confirmed and treatment provided. 

Delirium is a preventable medical emergency which occurs in all care settings and can lead to dire consequences, including cognitive and functional decline, and even increased risk of death, yet many care providers do not know how to prevent or recognize it!

Join the global movement to spread delirium awareness on " World Delirium Awareness Day", #WDAD2019, March 13, 2019.

Our tools make it easy to spread awareness about delirium:
Our QI coaches share bright ideas to support the "sfCare Collaborative" - people who are working to improve the care of frail older adults, and who want to learn from and inspire others. If you are reading this newsletter, you are part of the collaborative! To share tools and experiences or ask for advice from others in the collaborative, including our QI coaches, join the sfCare Forum.  
March 29, 12-1pm
Development of the Patient Experience Survey for Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS) in Ontario by Ronaye Gilsenan, MA, Rhonda Schwartz, MA, Iris Gutmanis, PhD
The Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario has developed, tested and validated an evidenced-informed core set of survey items for measuring patient experience in SGS. The survey is the first standardized measurement tool focused on the care of older adults accessing SGS.   This webinar will focus on the process used to develop the survey and identify specific steps for implementation.  Click here for more information or to register .

Our free, monthly webinar series provides an excellent opportunity to learn from and engage with local and international subject matter experts and the sfCare Collaborative on topics that support better care for frail older adults. Click here to see past webinars.
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance's (CKHA) new innovation grant
In quality improvement, it is important to respect the fact that "the people who do the work know how to improve the work". CKHA has put this concept into action by inviting all staff, physicians, volunteers, and patient advisors to submit their ideas on how to improve patient care, and providing one-time funding for the idea of $1,000 or $10,000. Among the winning $1,000 entries was an evidence-based innovation to prevent delirium in critical care. The winning projects will be rolled out by the end of March!  Click here to read more about CKHA's innovation grant .