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RGPs of Ontario Older Adult Experience Survey – Implementation Guide

The Older Adult Experience Survey (OAES) is an evidence-informed, collaboratively developed experience survey designed specifically for appointment-based SGS programs/clinics. Current findings support the survey being valid and reliable, and consistent from individual to individual, across settings and at different points of time in care. The survey is designed to support SGS programs regionally and provincially as well as to identify quality improvement initiatives. This Implementation Guide supports consistent use of the OAES in practice and is recommended reading prior to initiating use of the OAES.

Toolkit

RGPs of Ontario Older Adult Experience Survey

The Older Adult Experience Survey (OAES) is a measure to better understand the experience of older adults accessing specialized geriatric services.

Toolkit

Pictorial Fit-Frail Scale (PFFS)

Resource

Submission – Ontario’s Seniors Strategy (July 2019)

In May 2019, in anticipation of the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility’s consultation, the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario canvassed clinical leaders from across the field of geriatrics. The purpose was to gather expert insights pertinent to the needs of seniors living with frailty, in order to inform the anticipated Ontario Seniors Strategy. This report summarizes the input received from 65 clinical experts from across Ontario, whose daily work focuses on the unique needs of older people living with frailty, and their caregivers.

Report

A Population-Based Study of Older Adults in Ontario: Dementia, Frailty and Utilization of Physician Specialist Services

This current report provides information on the number of older adults in Ontario, and by local health integration network (LHIN) to identify potential needs related to health services for these populations in Ontario.

Report

iGeriCare

iGeriCare is a free, online dementia education program developed by experts in geriatrics, mental health and online learning at McMaster University

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Caregiver Conversations- Progress Report 3

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Support for Ontario Health Teams in Caring for Older Adults OHTs – Senior Friendly Care

The need for an authentic focus on the goals and aspirations of older people living with frailty (or at risk of frailty) is especially important as health service providers work towards a new model of service delivery as part of an Ontario Health Team (OHT). Older adults living with frailty or at risk of frailty require a specialized, senior-friendly approach to care across the healthcare continuum in order to meet their unique needs. The Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario are pleased to offer their support as a strategic partner in achieving this goal.

Position Paper

Response to Report on Hallway Medicine

The Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario prepared this response to the first report on ending hallway medicine. As a provincial network of more than 2500 front-line clinicians specializing in geriatrics from various specialties including geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry, care of the elderly physicians and nursing and allied health services, we are trained to understand the unique medical and social needs of older adults living with complex health concerns.  The issues highlighted in the first interim report of the Premier’s Council to End Hallway Medicine are very familiar to us and resonate with our clinical experience. As such, we have requested to be included as active partners in all decision making forums relevant to healthcare system transformations as it pertains to older adults.

Position Paper

What We Heard Report

To understand and respond to the learning needs of family and friend caregivers of seniors living with frailty, the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (RGPO) initiated the Caregiver Education and Training Project. Based on a co-design process to develop educational resources for caregivers of seniors living with frailty, we hosted 10 focus groups in communities across Ontario. Connecting with 133 caregivers and 78 interprofessionals, this report highlights what we heard.

Report

2019 RGPO Education Day Brochure

Event Program for the 2019 Education Day

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Position Statement on The Need for Expert Clinical Care for Older People Living with Complex Health Conditions

If we are to end hallway medicine, all Ontario Health Teams must demonstrate the necessary policy, clinical and funding focus on older people living with complex and multiple interacting health conditions (including dementia). Each Ontario Health Team must include specific services that focus on this population and engage the appropriate clinical leadership necessary to carry out this work.

Professional Practice

Position Paper

Specialized Geriatric Services in Ontario RGPO – Physician Human Resources Report

This project is intended to produce a partial current state view of specialized geriatric services across the province of Ontario, with a focus on the supply and utilization of health services designed for older people living with frailty

Professional Practice

Report

Planning for Older Adults Living with Frailty – SGS Asset Mapping Report

This exercise was envisioned as a first step in capacity planning, with a primary goal of informing a current state view of the supply and utilization of health services designed for older people living with frailty (e.g. specialized geriatric services) to contribute to future capacity planning.

Professional Practice

Report

Caregiver Conversations – Progress Report 2

Progress as of March 2019. This newsletter shares insights into what we are hearing and lets you know about upcoming events and other ways to engage with the project.

Caregiver Assistance

Report

Caregiver Conversations – Progress Report 1

Progress as of December 2018. This newsletter shares insights into what we are hearing and lets you know about upcoming events and other ways to engage with the project.

Caregiver Assistance

Report

Compendium of Educational Offerings

The Compendium of Educational Offerings Relevant to Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is a result of collaboration between the North East Specialized Geriatric Services (NESGC), Seniors Care Network, and Laurentian Research Institute for Aging (LRIA). This final result of this collaboration is an extensive compendium of educational offerings divided into 3 sections.

Screening and Assessment

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A summary of frequently asked questions that covers what is a comprehensive geriatric assessment, what are specialized geriatric services and what should be included in the ideal basket of specialized geriatric services. CGA performed by SGS can take place in a variety of settings. The RGPs advocate that CGA should be available across the continuum of health care services in community, emergency, inpatient, and longterm care settings, and delivered by an interprofessional, specialized geriatric team. 

Screening and Assessment

FAQ

Why is Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment the Gold Standard?

Covers the CGA process as a tool, not just assessment, includes management plan and implementation. Includes robust evidence in the hospital setting that it increases likelihood of living at home and in other settings – prevents functional decline.

Screening and Assessment

Presentation

Co-Creating a Position on the Coordination of Care for Older People Living with Frailty

Objectives of this presentation are to provide a brief overview the competency framework for interprofessional CGA and demonstrate how a framework can be applied to advance practice locally and provincially through the example of coordination of care with older people living with frailty.

Professional Practice

Presentation

Organization Design for Geriatrics: An Evidence Based Approach

This handbook is aimed at providing an evidence‐based approach to service delivery for the elderly patient in core specialized geriatric services. Core inpatient services include geriatric rehabilitation, assessment and consultation services. Core outpatient programs include geriatric outreach, outpatient clinics and geriatric day hospitals. In addition, there are a number of condition‐specific units, focused or innovative areas of care.

Professional Practice

Report

RGP Knowledge to Practice Framework

This KTP framework has been used to guide two provincial initiatives – the geriatrics, interprofessional practice and interorganizational initiative designed to build geriatrics capacity in family health teams and community health center, and the senior friendly action program supporting teams to use continuous quality improvement projects in acute care geriatrics. The framework is also used to guide the KTP elements of a several research grant applications.

Professional Practice

Framework

An Overview of RGP Programs

Regional Geriatric Programs (RGPs) provide a comprehensive network of specialized geriatric services which assess and treat functional, medical, and psychosocial aspects of illness and disability in older adults.

Screening and Assessment

Report

Patients First Position Paper

We are concerned that older Ontarians were not a focus of this consultation process, nor included in any significant way in the Patient’s First discussion document. This is despite the Ministry’s commitment to a Seniors Strategy that prioritizes access for seniors to community based supports to enable them to live at home for as long as possible. Given that seniors consume almost 50% of the health care budget and more than 60% of acute care hospital days (including a significant proportion of ALC days), we contend that the priorities of the provincial Seniors’ Strategy should feature prominently in the subsequent plan, demonstrating health system planning reflective and proportional to the position seniors occupy as health care consumers.

Professional Practice

Position Paper

CGA Self-Assessment Tool (Interprofessional)

The self assessment tool is a living document that is meant to support the clinician to adequately prepare themselves to deliver interprofessional comprehensive geriatric assessment and interventions by supporting the ongoing growth and development of the core competencies outlined in the “A Competency Framework for Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment”. Self assessment is integral to lifelong learning. It is beneficial to elicit feedback from a mentor and/or a supervisor when identifying learning needs and setting goals.

Professional Practice

Toolkit

Competency Framework for Interprofessional Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

The purpose of this competency framework is to describe detailed practice expectations of health professionals participating in the CGA. This Framework will help health professionals to adequately prepare themselves to deliver interprofessional comprehensive geriatric assessments and interventions and work effectively in a specialized geriatrics environment.

Screening and Assessment

Report

GEM Provincial Network Contact List

A spreadsheet of Geriatric Emergency Management (GEM) Nurse Provincial Network Members across LHINs.

Interprofessional Practice

Other

Caregiver Education and Training Sf7 Toolkit

The SF7 Toolkit is a Senior Friendly Care (sfCare) resource that supports clinical best practices for healthcare providers in each sector and provides self management tools for older adults and their caregivers. The toolkit is available by individual topic, as well as by all topics together. All SF7 toolkit options are available on our website.

Screening and Assessment

Toolkit

13 Prescribing Tips for Older Adults Professional Practice

Toolkit