New Reimagining LTC teams will improve long-term care quality and safety

April 20, 2023

New Reimagining LTC teams will improve long-term care quality and safety

Today, Healthcare Excellence Canada is welcoming 237 long-term care homes in all 10 provinces to the Reimagining LTC: Enabling a Healthy Workforce to Provide Person-Centred Care (Reimagining LTC)  program.

Map of Canada showing 84 participating homes in British Columbia, 29 participating homes in Alberta, 19 participating homes in Saskatchewan, 15 participating homes in Manitoba, 47 participating homes in Ontario, 20 participating homes in Quebec, 12 participating homes in New Brunswick, four participating homes on Prince Edward Island, five participating homes in Nova Scotia, and two participating homes in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Reimagining LTC supports long-term care homes to implement quality improvement projects focused on fostering a healthy work environment to deliver safer, higher quality person-centred care.

While participating teams are implementing diverse projects specific to their long-term care home, all share a common goal of strengthening resilience in long-term care. Some specific areas of focus for the projects include:

  • Improving care for people with dementia
  • Strengthening person-centred care
  • Creating healthy workplace cultures
  • Improving staff well-being
  • Creating and sustaining psychologically safe and healthy workplace environments
  • Appropriate use of antipsychotic medications

“People living and working in long-term care want and deserve excellence in care,” said Jennifer Zelmer, President and CEO of Healthcare Excellence Canada. “Through Reimagining LTC, we look forward to working with more than 235 teams from across the country to work towards this goal, together.”

Teams receive funding of up to $10,000 per home and implementation and capacity-building support such as coaching, monthly webinars, quality improvement workshops and mental health first aid training. They also benefit from peer-to-peer learning and building connections with others facing similar challenges in long-term care.

The program will enable participating teams to accelerate efforts to align with the new National Long-Term Care Services standard released by the Health Standards Organization, and CSA Z8004, Long-Term Care Home Operations and Infection Prevention and Control, the National Standard of Canada published by CSA Group.

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