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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

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Barrie Sanford Greiff

2014 Innovation Fund

The Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness Innovation Fund provides seed-funding to pioneering initiatives focused on fostering long-term sustainability, integrating delivery of seniors’ care and services, reducing reliance on institutional care and maintaining and enhancing seniors’ health and wellness.

Thirteen initiatives were approved for the inaugural Innovation Fund in May, 2014.

1. Northern Home Care Knowledge to Action Strategies that Support Persons with Dementia and their Family Caregiver

Lead Applicant: Dr. Dorothy Forbes, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

This multidisciplinary team aims to improve the quality of care and life for persons with dementia by facilitating use by home care practitioners and caregivers of the best available dementia care knowledge.

2. Implementing a Responsive Leadership Intervention in Long Term Care Facilities: A Pilot Study

Lead Applicant: Dr. Sienna Caspar, Research Director, Bethany Care Society, Calgary, AB

Health care attendants’ unique and important understanding of residents’ care needs is not always integrated into care plans. This project will explore how a responsive leadership intervention with health care attendants translates into improved resident-care and increased information exchange.

3. Camrose Primary Care Network Geriatric Assessment Program  Fall Prevention Program

Lead Applicant: Dr. Valerie Smith, Geriatric Consultant, Geriatric Assessment Program, Long Term Care and Supportive Living, Camrose Primary Care Network

The primary objective of this project is to establish a comprehensive and coordinated falls prevention program in Camrose and surrounding area by partnering and collaborating inter-professionally with Covenant Health, Alberta Health Services, and community partners.

4. Seniors Helping Seniors - Promoting and Empowering Peer Support for Seniors’ Health and Wellness

Lead Applicant: Dr. Haidong Liang, Project Manager, Westend Seniors Activity Centre

This project will train, motivate and support a diverse group of seniors to lead a healthy lifestyle, and to then utilize them in motivating other seniors to follow the same health and wellness path.

5. Spreading and Sustaining the Decision Making Capacity Assessment (DMCA) Model: Development and Evaluation of a DMCA Model Implementation and Sustainability Framework

Lead Applicant: Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

The DMCA Model was developed to help determine the least restrictive and intrusive means of support that can then be offered to persons whose decision-making has come into question. This project aims to (1) develop a related Implementation and Sustainability Framework, and (2) evaluate the impact of the Framework. 

6. Innovating to Improve Seniors Care in Kalyna Country

Lead Applicant: Mr. Brian Match, Executive Director, Kalyna Country Primary Care Network

The goal is to create a seamless partnership with providers of seniors' health services throughout Kalyna Country (Vegreville, Viking, Vermillion and outlying areas) to assist seniors in maintaining independent, active lives, and reduce their reliance on institutional care.

7. Managing Responsive Aggressive Behaviors: Implementing and Evaluating a Capacity Building Process in Acute Care, Supportive Living and Long Term Care

Lead Applicant: Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

This project focuses on the effective management of responsive behaviours exhibited by seniors who experience neurocognitive and mental health conditions.  The goal is to explore a Capacity Building Process to support those providing care to these individuals.

8. From Cooperative Learning Strategies to Quality Continuing Care Workplaces

Lead Applicant: Dr. Sharla King, Director, Health Sciences Education and Research Commons, University of Alberta

The Learning Circle is an action-oriented form of cooperative learning that brings together practitioners in structured workplace learning groups to identify and address practice priorities. This project will establish and evaluate learning circles that support clinical practice changes and effective workplace learning for direct care providers.

9. Avoiding Unnecessary Transitions: Determinants and Critical Points in Decision-Making around Transferring a Nursing Home Resident to the Emergency Department

Lead Applicant: Dr. Greta Cummings, Centennial Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta.

The aim of this study is to identify attributes of avoidable transitions and factors influencing decisions-to-transfer in ambiguous cases. 

The team will identify and develop feasible implementation guidelines and strategies to enhance early detection and management of change of condition of residents.

10. Skills-based Video Training on the Care of the Orthopaedic Client for Frontline Workers in Long-Term Care Facilities

Lead Applicant: Ms. Laura Milligan, Facility Instructor - Advanced Education in Othopaedics for Licensed Practical Nurses, NorQuest College

Short video-based tutorials will be developed to provide long-term care workers specialized training in the care of orthopaedic clients. The videos will provide skills-based knowledge of frequently encountered orthopaedic conditions in the long term care setting.

11. GEM- ED (Geriatric Evaluation and Management - Emergency Department)

Lead Applicant: Dr. Jed Shimizu, Care of the Elderly Physician, Rice Geriatric Assessment Unit, Covenant Health

The Geriatric Evaluation and Management service is a new initiative that aims to identify seniors presenting to the emergency department who are at risk of poor health outcomes, and to intervene by ensuring adequate and appropriate use of community resources and supports.

12. Integrated Home Care - Data-driven Decision-making for Quality Improvement at the Frontline

Lead Applicant: Mr. Abram Gutscher, Integrated Home Care, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone

This project will design and pilot a quality improvement process enabling home care staff to use information generated from data to inform short quality improvement cycles. Expected benefits include improved patient safety, and quality and capacity of staff.

13. Developing Proof of Concept: Examining the Efficacy of Shared Case Management Between Sage/Community-based, Senior-serving Outreach Services and Home Care

Lead Applicant: Mr. Roger Laing, Executive Director, Sage (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton).

Seniors with complex needs require the services of an integrated, interconnected system of supports in both health and social services. This project will develop a collaborative, case management model whereby seniors may receive community supports through senior-serving outreach and/or home care workers to maximize support.


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