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.

CCOHS - Psychological Health and Safety - Free Webinar

March 22, 2012

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is offering a free webinar called Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers.


Presenters: Dr. Merv Gilbert and Dr. Dan Bilsker
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Length: 60 minutes

Click here to learn more and to register for this event.

Initiatives in 3 states show progress toward reducing C. difficile

March 22, 2012
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has provided the following Public Health Practice Stories from the Field about reducing Clostridium difficile infections.

(The information in Public Health Practice Stories from the Field was provided by organizations external to CDC. Provision of this information by CDC is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. government or CDC.)

Illinois hospitals collaborated  [PDF-552KB] to reduce Clostridium difficile infections 15% to 26%; one strategy included engaging environmental service workers.

Massachusetts’ CDI Prevention Collaborative  [PDF-547KB] reduced Clostridium difficile infections 25% by empowering frontline hospital staff on multidisciplinary teams.

New York’s Clostridium difficile Collaborative saves millions in hospital costs  [PDF-676KB] using an evidence-based infection prevention bundle and standardized environmental cleaning protocols.

For more stories, visit www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/phpracticestories

Architecture book lays blueprint for dementia care

March 20, 2012
Postmedia News - Chantal Mack

An elderly man roams the halls of a long-term care facility, gripping the handrail beside him, eyes cast downward. He moves slowly, only stopping when he reaches a doorway.

The handrail comes to a stop. He stands there, unsure of his next move.

It's a scenario — described in the new architectural tome "aD2 now" — that plays out in care facilities around the globe: memory-impaired patients getting lost in their own homes.

Click here to read entire article (found at edmontonjournal.com)

Nurses group releases guidelines for using last-resort restraints on patients

March 13, 2012
The Canadian Press - Sheryl Ubelacker

TORONTO - An Ontario nurses group released new guidelines Monday aimed at minimizing the use of potentially harmful restraints on residents of psychiatric hospitals, long-term care homes and other patient facilities.

Click here to read article.