The WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) propose evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people. These recommendations require countries to place the needs and preferences of older adults at the centre and to coordinate care. The ICOPE Guidelines will allow countries to improve the health and well-being of their older populations, and to move closer to the achievement of universal health coverage for all at all ages. 60 pages. Last reviewed Oct. 2017.
"This nursing best practice guideline (BPG)* is a comprehensive document that provides resources for evidencebased nursing practice. It is not intended to be a manual or “how to” guide, but rather a tool to guide best practices and enhance decision-making for nurses and other health-care providers working with adults (18 years and older) who are at risk for falls and fall injuries. The Guideline should be reviewed and applied in accordance with both the needs of individual organizations or practice settings, and the needs and preferences of persons and their families accessing the health system for care and services. In addition, the Guideline offers an overview of appropriate tructures and supports for providing the best possible evidence-based care." 129 Pages. Last reviewed October, 2017.
This best practice guideline includes coverage of the harms caused by abuse and neglect as well as education and policy/organization/system recommendations that address resident-to-resident aggressive behaviour. Last reviewed May 2017. 130 pages.
The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism developed these guidelines with special considerations of older adults. The authors point out that studies have shown an inverse relationship between nutritional status and complication rates, length of stay in hospital, etc. Nutrition should be an integral part of an older adults overall care plan. 6 pages. Last reviewed January 2017.
This guide provides a very general overview of the law and suggested practice for health practitioners in dealing with issues of incapacity to consent to treatment, admission to a long term care facility or manage property. It is not a legal opinion nor does it constitute legal advice. It does not include every detail contained in the law or the specific legal provisions that may apply in a particular case. For specific information about the law, please refer to the applicable statutes and consult your lawyer.
The guidelines are the work of Dr. Janet Munson, who in collaboration of Dr. Jean Kozak, developed and field tested the procedures in a research project funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General. These are intended to assist in the provision of consistent and high quality assessments in the service of Ontario's vulnerable adults and their families. Designated capacity assessors are required to follow the methodologies set out in the Guidelines when conducting assessments under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 (SDA)
As part of its strategy for End of Life Care Planning and Care, the Ontario Medical Association adopted three key goals: increasing the number of Ontarians who engage in Advance Care Planning; Bridging Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care, normalizing death and dying; and improving palliative care in Ontario. This paper aims to help physicians understand the link between Advance Care Planning and formal treatment plans/goals of care at end of life and to provide guidance about how to engage with patients, families, and substitute decision-makers to develop a formal treatment plan for end of life care