Improvement Conversation: Creativity and collaboration helps staff in long term care provide person-centred dementia care

Across Canada, residents in long term care who have dementia are often prescribed antipsychotics to manage the symptoms associated with the illness. In fact, Quebec has the highest rate of antipsychotic prescription among people aged 65 and older with between 40 and 60 percent of residents in certain long term care facilities prescribed antipsychotics.

But now that is changing.

The Optimizing Practices Use, Care Services -Antipsychotics (OPUS-AP) is a province-wide collaborative in Quebec that aims to change that by improving the quality and experience of care in long term care centres (CHSLDs) for people with dementia, their loved ones and staff and reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotics.

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