Long Term Care Video Series
Osteoporosis Canada, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, University of Waterloo and GERAS Centre for Aging Research are excited to announce the launch of four series of videos, aimed at educating health care professionals to prevent falls and fractures for long-term care (LTC) residents.
Osteoporosis and falls are the leading cause of fractures in LTC homes and 44% of LTC residents are at high risk for fractures. The video series promote exercise and safe movements to prevent falls and fractures in LTC. The information and key messages in the videos were developed in accordance with evidence-based recommendations for fall and fracture prevention in LTC, and
through consultations with LTC team members and experts.
We gratefully acknowledge key collaborators on the development of the LTC Video series: Osteoporosis Canada, GERAS Centre for Aging Research, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, University of Waterloo, Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Peter’s Hospital, Extendicare, University Health Network, Schlegel Villages, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, St. Joseph’s Villa.
Series 1: Personal Support Workers
This 4-part series is for personal support workers who work in long term care. It demonstrates how to help residents transfer in and out of bed safely, sit properly in wheelchairs, and how to do sit to stands with residents to keep their legs strong
Series 2: Physiotherapists & Physiotherapy Assistants
This series focuses on the role of physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants for preventing falls and fractures in long term care by completing balance assessments and communicating with the team, doing balance and strength exercises with the resident, and involving their family members.
Series 3: Group Exercise Trainers & Exercise Professionals
Group exercise providers have a huge role to play in providing exercise to help prevent falls and fractures. This video series gives ideas for how to modify exercises for residents who can’t stand, working with residents with dementia or cognitive impairment, and incorporating postural exercises.
Series 4: Restorative Care
The restorative care team can help prevent falls and fractures through practising spine sparing strategies, incorporating simple balance and strength exercises into walking programs, and providing postural cues through range of motion exercises.
The new 2015 recommendations for fracture prevention in long-term care include an integrated falls and osteoporosis assessment as well as various treatment strategies. These recommendations target a specific population that is not usually considered in the development of treatment strategies and include valuable tools and resources for professionals providing care for long-term care residents.