May 2019
Cause or root cause?

When trying to solve an issue, it's important to get to the root of the problem, otherwise you may end up with a solution that simply treats a symptom.

Take for example a high number of older adults designated as ALC (requiring an alternate level of care). Downstream  thinking would consider what is preventing them from moving to an appropriate level of care, for example wait lists for long term care beds. While this may be contributing to the number of ALC days, its also important to think upstream by considering  what is leading to ALC designations. This line of thinking is more likely to lead to a root cause, and may look something like this: WHY are so many older  adults being designated as ALC - they became deconditioned. WHY did they become deconditioned - they didn't mobilize regularly. WHY didn't they mobilize regularly - this was not viewed as a priority by the older adult or staff, or because staff were unavailable.

There are many tools and methods for root cause analysis, but they all share something in common... they involve a collective thought process with the people who provide the care.

Our QI coaches share bright ideas to support people who care for frail older adults, and who want to learn from and inspire others. To share tools and experiences or ask for advice from others, including our QI coaches,  join the sfCare Forum  or email us .
May 24, 2019, 12-1pm
An update on hypertension management in older adults,  by Dr. Patrick Jung 

The webinar will review the most current guidelines on hypertension management from Hypertension Canada. It will also include an update on more recent evidence on the relationship between hypertension management and cognitive impairment risk found in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). Cases will be discussed to emphasize unique considerations in the management of blood pressure in older adults. Click here for more information or to register.

Our free webinar series provides an excellent opportunity to learn from and engage with local and international subject matter experts. Click here to see past webinarsClick here to sign up for webinar invites.

Showcase your mobility interventions!

Prevention of functional decline through mobility initiatives has been a senior friendly care strategic priority in Ontario since 2011. Have you implemented  MOVE, #EndPJParalysis, or another mobility initiative ? Showcase your intervention globally!

The #EndPJParalysis movement is hosting a Virtual Global Summit - July 10-12, 2019. This three day virtual event will take place continually for 72 hours across the globe. Its aim is to share best practice around keeping people up, dressed and moving to improve quality of life and prevent deconditioning. The summit organizers are seeking to include case studies, research and clinical sessions as well as leading change, telling stories and creating social movements.

Click here for details on submitting an abstract and registering for the (free) Global Summit.  Deadline for abstracts is May 24, 2019.
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