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Long term care (LTC) and continuing care are parts of the continuum of care that serve individuals with complex health needs, such as seniors or people living with disabilities, who no longer need acute care services. Continuing care spans a broad range of services, including:

  • Independent living
  • Living at home with assistance (home care and community services)
  • Assisted living (retirement homes)
  • Nursing homes (24-hour care and supervision in a LTC facility)

Long term care and continuing care also have important implications for the coordination of alternate levels of care and preventable emergency department admissions.

CFHI supports innovations that are improving care for people in long term and continuing care across the country, including the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) approach.

In May 2014, CFHI designed and launched its first pan-Canadian AUA collaborative, working with 56 long term care homes – in seven provinces and one territory – to cut the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication to seniors residing in long term care.

This collaborative had its roots in an innovation implemented through the EXTRA: Executive Training Program.

The results led to the first provincially funded and supported CFHI-AUA scale collaborative, in New Brunswick. This initiative is now spreading and scaling up across all nursing homes in the province.



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