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Overview: CFHI helps hospitals ‘ACE’ elderly-friendly care
Older Canadians often arrive at hospitals with many inter-related chronic, acute health and social issues. Yet this population is not always well served by hospital-based models of care, providing an opportunity to rethink how we organize and deliver care for seniors.
Dedicated elder care brings back “the mother we thought we had lost”
Helen Casher’s story of decline after a fall is all too familiar. But her story of revival after spending time on a dedicated Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit at Whitehorse General Hospital in the Yukon demonstrates how well frail seniors can do in hospital if they’re provided with the right support.
ACE project focuses on assessing, preventing and managing delirium
In assessing delirium, Osler achieved screening rates of more than 90 percent, with nurses administering the CAM tool. Detection of delirium was accurate more than 80 percent of the time.
Advance practice nurses meet needs of older patients and shift culture in Hamilton emergency departments
Juravinski Hospital has committed to providing elder-friendly care in their ED, and was the first HHS facility to embrace the ACE strategies. Participating in CFHI’s ACE collaborative enabled the hospital to “kick-start” this work.
Dedicated ACE unit reduces falls, improves staff satisfaction
Whitehorse General serves eight municipalities along with several smaller communities spread over an area of more than 482,000 square kilometers – all of which have limited access to health services. It has a high proportion of alternate level of care (ALC) patients (30 to 34 percent) due to a lack of long-term care beds and unavailability of 24-hour community support services such as home care.
Overview: Better Together helps hospitals welcome families as partners in care
When families are welcome to visit their loved ones in healthcare facilities, patients tend to do better. A growing body of evidence indicates that traditional visiting hours limiting the presence of family members can have negative effects on quality, costs and outcomes.
Prince Edward Island tells families, “You’re welcome to stay.”
When CFHI launched a call for applications for its Better Together e-collaborative, Health PEI leadership was in the midst of discussing strategies for implementing patient-experience initiatives.
Harbour View Hospital Family Presence
Harbour View Hospital has a diverse client population; one side of the facility houses 28 long-term care beds, while the other side provides rehabilitation and restorative care for up to 21 clients.
Home care team in Edmonton finds that providing COPD education and support for clients in the community is a marathon worth running
Of the teams in the collaborative, only AHS addressed the issue from the community level and focused on clients who often remain homebound due to their breathlessness.
Quebec COPD initiative casts a wide net in area with many aging, low income smokers
19 percent of admissions to the local hospital in 2013-14 were for patients with a diagnosed respiratory disease, compared to an estimated national rate of 13 percent.

ACE project focuses on assessing, preventing and managing delirium

In assessing delirium, Osler achieved screening rates of more than 90 percent, with nurses administering the CAM tool. Detection of delirium was accurate more than 80 percent of the time.

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