Sunday, January 3, 2010

Stakeholders in Long-Term Care

Taxpayers
  • seek lower taxes with more efficient services: financial and physical resources for residents and LTC homes
Business / Media
  • holding a positive perception of LTC issues: mind, body, spiritlaud what is right with LTC and health
  • improve what is wrong
  • create unfettered partnerships
Professional Associations:
Canadian Nurses Association: Nurse Practitioners, RPNs, RNs, College of Physicians
  • make connections between family members, resident and health care teams, i.e. geriatric assessments
  • PD opportunities: keep on top of new research and research-based exemplary practices 
  • create a collaborative environment
  • fufill the ethics of their profession and provincial governing bodies
  • fulfill the obligations of the Health Care Consent Act
Societies and Support Groups:

e.g., Altzheimer Society, Hospice Support Groups in Canada
  • advocate
  • fundraise
  • support families and their loved ones
  • ensure that valuable funds, from donor-fatigued philanthropists, go towards respite and support - more than research
Government Agencies: 
Ministry of Health and LTC, Local Health Integration Network (Ontario Regional Health Offices), Public Health Agency
  • provide stable funding indexed to inflation and population growth
  • provide a stable, adequate source of funding
  • work on prevention, rather than cures
  • provide a framework for stakeholder interactions and strategies for such discourse
  • Ministers of health should undertake a dialogue
  • provide adequate resources to stakeholders
  • forego partisan politics in favour of offering health care options
  • develop needs based budgets
  • provide more P.D. activity opportunities
  • publicize projects
Associations:

Non-Profit LTC Associations | For-Profit LTC Corporations

  • create top-down policies, protocols and proceduresmonitors their individual homes
PSWs - A new association: unregulated group
  • provide province-wide acceptable practices for counsellorsmake library sources , books, articles, journals accessible
  • publish reports
Family members, Caregivers and Family Councils
  • make a decision when a LTC home placement is right for your loved one, as well as yourself
  • understand ADLs & IADLs and manage them accordingly
  • be realistic about caregiver burden and understand that failure to thrive is not your fault
  • convey a commitment to LTC to make it work, in conjunction with the LTC home
    work with like-minded caregivers and advocates, staff, provincial office, Ministry of Health and LTC
  • see the big picture
  • lobby for supports: medical practictioners, better nutritional standards, better qualified staff, more staff
  • become informed & encourage dialogue between stakeholders
  • sustain hope in presence of adversity, i.e. we can make a difference
  • provide time, support, financial resources
  • provide motive and opportunity
  • financial and physical resources for residents and LTC homes
  • ask the questions that encourage reflection by all parties involved: there are no WRONG questions
  • make complaints to improve LTC situations
  • get support from groups like Concerned Friends, or Hospice organizations

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