From server to recreation: A chalking tale

By Amanda Paterson   When Charity Votary began working as a dining room server at Royale Place Retirement Residence in Kingston, she didn’t expect that her...

Diabetes in long-term care

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson The number of people with diabetes has doubled in the past decade and continues to rise.   The majority of...

An innovative Canadian program helps reduce social isolation in residential care

By Michelle Fleming THE ISSUE Social isolation is on the rise in our growing aging population, particularly among those living in residential care. Better strategies are...

Dorothy’s yellow brick road to recovery

By Drew Tapley Dorothy Weppler moved into Barnswallow Place in Elmira, Ontario, with a gastrointestinal feeding tube in her abdomen. It had been in place...

Food safety is everyone’s responsibility

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson If you are under the impression that food borne diseases are not common – think again.  Today, food safety...

Why music is not a universal language – and what that means for care

By Sarah Pearson   “Music is a universal language” is a common expression I hear all the time. It’s often used to sing the praises (pun...

Six minutes just doesn’t cut it!

By Andy Savela In Ontario, personal support workers (PSWs) have only six minutes to prepare long term care residents for breakfast, including getting washed, dressed...

Advocating for the needs of young residents

By Drew Tapley “They call themselves ‘The Left Side of 60’,” says Sandy Croley referring to the 20 percent of younger residents under the age...

Feeding assistance: Strategies for success

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson When eating issues are identified and there is timely intervention, the effects on a resident's quality of life can...

The resident-caregiver relationship at meals

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson The ability to feed ourselves is a skill learned early in childhood; loss of this ability for aged persons...

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