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Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Industry Focus Groups - October dates

Register now for the October 2016 CCSA Industry Focus Group sessions!

We are once again holding sessions at 4 different locations across the province to accommodate more of our members. Locations include: Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. We invite everyone at your facility to attend these sessions!

We are also still inviting facilities to make informal presentations about something unique to your safety program. Has something worked out for you? Has something not worked out as expected? What do you want to share with your peers? What do you want to talk about?
Contact communications@ab-ccsa.ca to volunteer your facilty, make suggestions or for any questions.

Focus groups will be held from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

Registration closes September 28, 2016.

Sessions are being offered at the following locations on the following dates:

More long-term care beds for Edmonton

August 24, 2016
AB Gov

Alberta Health has partnered with Park Place Seniors Living to develop new long-term care spaces in Edmonton.

The new care home will be on the park-like grounds of Villa Marguerite at 9810-165th Street in Edmonton. It will serve Alberta seniors and others who need daily living support plus access to round-the-clock nursing care.

“Opening new spaces for Albertans to receive care is more important than ever, based on our growing seniors population. When the addition is complete, another 99 Albertans will have a place to call home that meets their health needs while treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

Read more here: http://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=4328969F74650-990C-91E3-0437043ED655F256

‘Scratched, punched, bit, kicked’

August 12, 2016
Burnaby Now - Cornelia Naylor

Care-aide Carly Cojocariu is the poster child for workplace violence at Burnaby Hospital.

During eight years of helping patients at the local health-care facility eat, bathe, dress, walk and go to the bathroom, she’s taken her share of verbal and physical abuse.

“I’ve been scratched, punched, bit, kicked, spat in the face, grabbed. I get a lot of grabbing the wrist,” she told the NOW. “A lot in the stomach, I get kicked a lot in the stomach.”

Reported incidents of violence have been on the rise at Burnaby Hospital over the last three years, jumping from 22 in 2013 to 36 last year, according to the Fraser Health Authority.

The incidents take a toll, according to the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU), which represents care-aides.

- See more at: http://www.burnabynow.com/news/scratched-punched-bit-kicked-1.2321349#sthash.QDUsZmv3.BWqYOE7z.dpuf

Peer coaching on patient lifts lowers injury, but at a small cost

August 11, 2016
Institute for Work and Health (IWH)

IWH cost-benefit analysis finds training program nearly cost-neutral while lowering injury rates by a third

A peer-coaching program introduced to help health-care workers use patient lifts resulted in a large drop in injuries related to patient handling—but at a small net cost to the system, an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study has found.

The program was introduced in British Columbia across 15 long-term care facilities between 2006 and 2011. It led to a 34 per cent reduction in injury rates during the program time period and a 56 per cent drop after the program was over—a benefit of 84 cents for every dollar spent on the program, according to the study.

Our calculations show that 62 lost-time claims were prevented as a result of this coaching program, says Dr. Emile Tompa, labour economist and senior scientist at IWH who led the study, published online in December in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

We also saw that the benefits of reduced injuries lasted even after the program ended, which reflects the new skills gained as a result of the coaching.

Read more at https://www.iwh.on.ca/at-work/84/peer-coaching-on-patient-lifts-lowers-injury-but-at-a-small-cost