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.

Sunrise Senior Living Experiments with ‘Video for the Brain’ Dementia Therapy in UK

September 18, 2018
Senior Housing News - Chuck Sudo

Sunrise Senior Living is launching a 12-month trial in some of its U.K. communities, testing a type of dementia therapy that is gaining increasing recognition for effectiveness. The approach, if successful, could be integrated into the company’s memory care practices in the United States as well.

The trial is being conducted by the University of Exeter, which will train caregivers and clinicians in cognitive behavioral techniques. The caregivers will then work with Sunrise residents living with early stage dementia on goals the residents identify as most important to maintain their lifestyle. The UK Alzheimers Society is funding the trial. Sunrise is based in McLean, Virginia, and operates about 260 communities in the U.S. and about 60 across the U.K. and Canada.

Read more about the cognitive behavioural approach...

Pictorgrams to prevent musculoskeletal injuries

September 14, 2018 (reposted)
Institute for Work and Health (IWH)

The IWH has developed pictorgrams for workplace hazards. Although not specific to health care, you might find some of these applicable to your own work environment.

IWH - Visual symbols known as "pictograms," along with training, can help communicate workplace hazards and controls to workers, especially those with low literacy skills or for whom English (or the language of the workplace) is a second language.

The Institute for Work & Health teamed up with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services—an Ontario health and safety association serving the manufacturing, services and agricultural sectors—to develop and evaluate pictograms (and their related training) as a safeguard for workers at risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Click here to access these resources.

Minimum wage jump to $15 per hour will provide job stability, says Alberta labour minister

September 11, 2018
Edmonton Journal - Clare Clancy

The province’s phased-in minimum wage hike will hit $15 per hour next month, spurring Alberta’s labour minister to shop the change around local businesses Monday.

“We know what this policy does,” said Labour Minister Christina Gray at a news conference held at a board game cafe. “Increasing the minimum wage puts more money in the pockets of families, women (and) working people who are trying to survive in our province.”

The minimum wage was $10.20 per hour in 2015. Since then, the NDP has phased in increases that reached $13.60 last year.

Read the full article from the Edmonton Journal

WCB Alberta Policy Updates

September 10, 2018
WCB Alberta

*New updates*
There have been numerous policy changes resulting from Bill 30, effective September 1. Find out more.