This document provides health and social service providers with current-evidence based approaches in the application of mental health promotion concepts and principles for older adults and is intended to support practitioners, caregivers and others involved in developing programs and incorporating best practice approaches to mental health promotion initiatives. 108 pages. Last reviewed May 2018.
"This nursing best practice guideline (BPG)* is a comprehensive document that provides resources for evidencebased nursing practice. It is not intended to be a manual or “how to” guide, but rather a tool to guide best practices and enhance decision-making for nurses and other health-care providers working with adults (18 years and older) who are at risk for falls and fall injuries. The Guideline should be reviewed and applied in accordance with both the needs of individual organizations or practice settings, and the needs and preferences of persons and their families accessing the health system for care and services. In addition, the Guideline offers an overview of appropriate tructures and supports for providing the best possible evidence-based care." 129 Pages. Last reviewed October, 2017.
This best practice guideline includes coverage of the harms caused by abuse and neglect as well as education and policy/organization/system recommendations that address resident-to-resident aggressive behaviour. Last reviewed May 2017. 130 pages.
The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism developed these guidelines with special considerations of older adults. The authors point out that studies have shown an inverse relationship between nutritional status and complication rates, length of stay in hospital, etc. Nutrition should be an integral part of an older adults overall care plan. 6 pages. Last reviewed January 2017.
This guide provides a very general overview of the law and suggested practice for health practitioners in dealing with issues of incapacity to consent to treatment, admission to a long term care facility or manage property. It is not a legal opinion nor does it constitute legal advice. It does not include every detail contained in the law or the specific legal provisions that may apply in a particular case. For specific information about the law, please refer to the applicable statutes and consult your lawyer.
The guidelines are the work of Dr. Janet Munson, who in collaboration of Dr. Jean Kozak, developed and field tested the procedures in a research project funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General. These are intended to assist in the provision of consistent and high quality assessments in the service of Ontario's vulnerable adults and their families. Designated capacity assessors are required to follow the methodologies set out in the Guidelines when conducting assessments under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 (SDA)
Read this primer to learn about: how to prepare for Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations with patients and Substitute Decision-Makers (SDMs) and practical information on: consent, capacity and decision-making, how to determine who the automatic SDM is for a patient and finally how to prepare SDMs for decision making about healthcare in the future.
This toolkit was produced for use of the Ontario Hospital Association and is intended to provide health care professionals with a general understanding of mental health law issues with an overview of the legislation that governs the provision of mental health in Ontario. It should not be used in place of legal advice. It does describe key legislation such as the Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent Act, Substitute Decisions Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act. It reviews the issues of consent to treat and determining capacity to consent and the role of Substitute Decision Makers.