Resources For Health Professionals
Essential Care Partner Resources
The following organizations have developed resources to support the safe participation of essential care partners in health and care settings:
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit
In response to the reports of racism experienced by our specialized geriatric services (SGS) colleagues, Seniors Care Network convened an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Group in June 2020. The Task Group met on a periodic basis to attain a better understanding of this concerning issue, and developed a framework and an accompanying resource guide to help facilitate our ongoing approach. Seniors Care Network is thankful to our colleagues who contributed to formulating this action-oriented Framework, and who shared their lived experiences with racial discrimination during group discussions.
Our work does not end here. We recognize that discrimination comes in many forms and we are committed to working with our programs and partners to foster an inclusive and non-discriminatory culture across Central East SGS. To access the resources (including the Framework for Addressing Racism and the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resource Guide), please click here or click the image.
Ontario Health (East) Central East Region Intra-COVID Hybrid Adult Day Program Model Guidelines
The CE Intra-COVID Hybrid ADP Model Guidelines were developed utilizing a co-design methodology. These Guidelines have been informed by evidence, and the input and collective wisdom of over 50 representatives from the 17 Adult Day Program providers in the Ontario Health (East), Central East Region, and the Seniors Care Network staff. The goal of the guidelines is to facilitate the provision of consistent, high-quality, client-centred programs and services during the pandemic.
Geriatric Education Initiative
Seniors Care Network is pleased to announce the 6th Geriatric Education Initiative (GEI). The GEI is a tuition reimbursement/grant program available to support point of care staff in the Central East Region who have completed continuing professional development related to improving geriatric/gerontological knowledge and skills. Since 2015/16 the GEI fund has supported more than 450 individuals.
Funding is intended to reimburse base tuition or registration fees during the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Applicants may be eligible to receive up to a maximum of $2,000 in reimbursement.
Please note there is no guarantee that funding will be granted. Seniors Care Network will consider applications for courses completed from April 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022, that address learning outcomes specific to the Framework for Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
Funding for the GEI is based on re-allocation of unused, surplus funds. Availability of surplus funds is determined at the end of the fiscal year.
Keep Everyone Safe – Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Our health system is facing unprecedented pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data regarding the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines continues to evolve. However, all approved vaccines lower one’s risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Therefore, Seniors Care Network has developed this document with some information and a list of resources..
Prioritizing the Psychological Well-being of Staff Working in Specialized Geriatric Services
COVID-19 continues to have a considerable impact on the psychological well-being of health care workers. Therefore, Seniors Care Network has developed this document with some information and a list of resources.
American Geriatric Society (AGS) Cognitive Screening Toolkit
The AGS Cognitive Screening Toolkit provides information about and links to free, open access cognitive screening tests that are recommended by the USPSTF. The toolkit can serve as a resource for clinicians to better understand cognitive screening tools, which have been validated in primary care settings and are available for free. This toolkit can help in selecting the appropriate cognitive screening tool to use with primary care patients.
(Please note that users must sign into the website in order to access the toolkit, but access is free for all users.)
Molnar, F., Benjamin, S., Hawkins, S.A., Briscoe, M., & Ehsan, S. (2020). One Size Does Not Fit All: Choosing Practical Cognitive Screening Tools for Your Practice. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Doi:10.1111/jgs.16713
Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE) Guidelines (French)