Why music not a universal language – and what that means for care

By Sarah Pearson   “Music is a universal language” is a common expression I hear all the time. It’s often used to sing the praises (pun...

Six minutes just doesn’t cut it!

By Andy Savela In Ontario, personal support workers (PSWs) have only six minutes to prepare long term care residents for breakfast, including getting washed, dressed...

Advocating for the needs of young residents

By Drew Tapley “They call themselves ‘The Left Side of 60’,” says Sandy Croley referring to the 20 percent of younger residents under the age...

Feeding assistance: Strategies for success

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson When eating issues are identified and there is timely intervention, the effects on a resident's quality of life can...

The resident-caregiver relationship at meals

By Dale Mayerson and Karen Thompson The ability to feed ourselves is a skill learned early in childhood; loss of this ability for aged persons...

The cannabis conundrum

By Roxanne Tang and Susan C. Jenkins Meet Jim, a 70-year-old resident of an assisted living home. He is in generally good health, but...