12-1pm on July 12th, Paul Stolee and Jacobi Elliott, University of Waterloo  will discuss how very brief tools will be used to screen all seniors in the primary care practice, and identify those who are at greater risk of developing problems. Those at higher risk can then be evaluated in greater depth, and connected with appropriate health care services as soon as possible. Our highly qualified team will work with these care practices to develop and evaluate a model of care to accomplish these tasks. Register here.

This webinar focused on how malnutrition and frailty are associated and impact function and the risk for falls.  Nutrition risk screening was discussed as a way forward for the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition and falls.

This screening guideline is intended for Ontario agencies and institutions to evaluate the products they use and distribute related to Advance Care Planning and Health Care Consent.

Helene Ouellette-Kuntz of Queen's University presented this webinar about the development of a tool to measure frailty in those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice (CHAMP) selected and organized evidence-based tools from our Resource Library into this online Geriatric Medication Management Toolkit. This Toolkit contains:

  1. Clinically-focused and validated tools to help you, and patients and their caregivers, identify patients at increased risk of experiencing a medication-related problem;
  2. Intervention tools for homecare professionals, patients and their caregivers, to facilitate implementing proven strategies to manage medications;
  3. Tools to help you, patients, and caregivers communicate more effectively about medication risks with other providers;
  4. Guidelines and evidence-based best practices that provide an overview of the evidence for reducing medication-related problems and adverse drug events in older people. 

 

Polypharmacy is a common problem encountered by clinicians caring for elderly. It is encountered in all care settings ranging from outpatient to long-term care (LTC), where it is particularly linked with falls and other associated problems. Various tools have been developed to help prevent the omission of important appropriate medications and prevent medicine combinations that may cause adverse drug reactions. The ARMOR tool (Assess, Review, Minimize, Optimize, Reassess) is an attempt to consolidate recommendations into a functional interactive tool.

Hearing impairment is a common but under-reported problem among older adults. The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly Screening Version (HHIE-S) is a 10-item questionnaire developed to assess how an individual perceives the social and emotional effects of hearing loss. The HHIE-S was designed to be used with non-institutionalized older adults in a variety of clinical and community settings. It is usually administered in a face-to-face interview. However, time constraints or a severe-to-profound hearing loss may preclude a face-to-face interview, in which case the HHIE-S may be administered by having the individual do a paper-and-pencil self-report.

This article outlines the following topics as they pertain to older adults:

  • causes of hearing loss 
  • risk factors for age-related hearing loss
  • etiology
  • pathophysiology
  • screening tests
  • assessment
  • management
  • prevention strategies

The Indicators of Abuse (IOA) checklist signals mistreatment of seniors. The IOA (pronounced Iowa) also helps sensitize the practitioner to important abuse issues. The IOA is practical for busy practitioners and useful in training interveners and volunteers in cases of abuse to recognize the signs of abuse. The IOA is a summary of abuse high-risk signals. It is not, however, a substitute for becoming knowledgeable about abuse signs through education.

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