The Association is pleased to announce that last year’s Qindex research conducted in partnership with the University of Toronto has now been published in Longwoods’ Healthcare Quarterly.

The Qindex is a composite metric of the nine publicly reported CIHI quality indicators (falls, antipsychotic use, pain, worsened pain, restraint use, worsened physical functioning, improved physical functioning, depression, and pressure ulcers).

The study describes the overall quality performance of LTC homes across five years (2012–2017) and determines if organizational factors impact quality performance. The results demonstrate significant, continuous sector-wide improvement in overall quality performance over time, as well as some differences based on home size, operator size, and ownership.

A preview of the Qindex findings was published earlier this year in the Association’s This is Long-Term Care 2019 report. The article in Healthcare Quarterly provides further findings and the methodology behind the research. The published paper in Healthcare Quarterly positions the Qindex, a global metric of quality, as a valuable tool for quality measurement and management in the LTC sector. Congratulations to Qindex authors Andrea Wilkinson, Vinita Haroun, Tommy Wong, Nancy Cooper and Mark Chignell on the publication of their research.

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    Ontario is seeking those with experience in providing health care who are available to help provincial efforts to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, if required. Ontario is looking for health care providers who may be working part-time and want to and are prepared to increase their work hours or former healthcare providers who are retired, or an inactive statues with their regulatory college. If you are interested and you can help, please visit the Workforce Matching Portal for more information and to create a user profile.

  • “MORE THAN FOOD”- Nutrition Month 2020. March is Nutrition Month and this year’s theme recognizes that optimal nutrition goes beyond what we eat – it’s also about how we eat! Registered Dietitians have long been encouraging “Mindful Eating”, and the new 2019 Canada’s Food Guide reflects this messaging. Key messages include slowing down to take time to eat, paying attention to your hunger and fullness cues, planning meals/cooking at home, preparing and eating meals with others, enjoying your food and being mindful of your eating habits. For reliable nutrition information and recipes, check out www.unlockfood.ca

  • Healthy eating is about so much more than food!

    Nutrition Month 2020 is your chance to show Canadians your skills, value and expertise through activities that focus on healthy eating habits like eating mindfully and cooking more often.

    For more resources please go to  Dietitians of Canada - Nutrition Month 2020 

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    Nutrition and Hydration Awareness Week

    March 16-22, 2020    Reinforce, Focus and Energize

    Information and Resources   Nutrition & Hydration Week 2020          Nutrition and Hydration Week Salford Age UK

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