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For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2015

Peel Partners with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario to Implement best Practices for Long Term Care Residents

Brampton, ON, March 2, 2015 – Peel Long Term Care officially launched a partnership with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) to adopt health care best practices designed for long term care and intended to improve health outcomes for residents.

Peel is among four long term care providers selected to be the first to implement these best practices as part of their candidacy for becoming Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO). This coveted designation is awarded to health providers and academic organization that implement and evaluate RNAO best practice guidelines.

“RNAO best practice guidelines are recognized nationally and internationally,” said Nancy Polsinelli, Director of Long Term Care. “They provide recommendations and tools that help health care teams to translate evidence-based practice and knowledge into clinical decision-making and operation.”

Sheridan Villa, one of two Regional Long Term Care centres in Mississauga, has been implementing the “assessment and management of pain” best practice with 19 residents living in its Special Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU). Residents of this unit have difficulty living in conventional long term care homes because of their behaviours. Many of these residents have cognitive impairments arising from Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and have difficulty in communicating their needs.

A presentation by the supervisor of care for the unit described how tools developed as part of the Assessment and management of pain guideline had been used in 2014 with excellent results. The guideline helped staff to identify residents with pain and to provide appropriate pain management strategies that reduced pain effectively and prevented it from worsening over time.

Last winter, RNAO opened up its BPSO initiative to include a stream for Ontario long-term care homes. The Region of Peel is in the first group of four long-term care providers seeking BPSO designation. As a BPSO candidate, the Region will adopt four best practice guidelines as developed by the RNAO over the next three years.

These clinical tools are based on evidence and research and help to enhance care. Over the next two years four best practices will be implemented at the Region’s five long term care centres. They include:

  • Assessment and management of pain
    - Sheridan Villa, SBSU - 2014
  • Prevention of falls and falls injury in older adults
    - All units in all five Region homes - 2015
  • Client centered care
    - Sheridan Villa, Dementia Unit - 2016
  • Recognizing, preventing and managing elder abuse
    - Sheridan Villa, second flr - 2016

“I want to extend my sincere congratulations to all of the Region’s five long term care homes for participating in the BPSO program,” said Regional Chair Frank Dale. “Becoming a BPSO candidate demonstrates a willingness of the participants’ to serve residents more effectively.”

Once the Region receives its BPSO designation, it will continue to implement new guidelines in its long-term care homes as a part of the BPSO program. For more information about the BDSO program, visit the RNAO’s website.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon For more information, call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit peelregion.ca/health.



Joan Endersby
Communication Specialist - Long Term Care
905-791-7800 ext. 4655

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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