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Oral health in long term care

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Nov 4th 2013

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Oral health in long term care

  1. 1. Oral Health in Long Term Care Update November 4, 2013
  2. 2.  SHR Pilot with LTC Oral Health Coordinator (OHC) – Carol Karppinen resigned July 2013.  College of Dentistry posted position and individuals applied. Successful candidate later changed mind.  College of Dentistry has reposted LTC OHC position.  Once LTC OHC in place, will begin seeing residents at Parkridge Centre and Sherbrooke Community Centre.
  3. 3. Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions, supported by Vidya Shanmugam:  Completed Saskatchewan conversion of oral health training resource from Australia.  Confirmed new title of resource: Better Oral Health in LTC – Best Practice Standards for Saskatchewan
  4. 4.  Requested and received health costs data related to Saskatchewan costs for LTC residents hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia (information obtained from SHR Population and Public Health – Public Health Observatory).
  5. 5. Saskatoon Health Region:  Has signed licensing agreement with Australian Health Authorities to use resource.  Supplies/materials  Dental are being ordered. Health Educators will train front line special care aides in 1 or 2 neighborhoods.
  6. 6.  Oral Health Assessment Tool (OHAT) plus plaque index to be done prior to implementation. This will be repeated 4-8 weeks after implementation.  Goal is to extend focus testing to Sherbrooke Community Centre and one rural LTC home.  Residents and families to receive educational/promotional material on oral health.
  7. 7.  SOHP recommendations, report, and Better Oral Health in LTC – Best Practice Standards for Saskatchewan to be shared and discussed with Saskatchewan Ministry of Health in early 2014.  SOHP need to link with Canadian Dental Association’s initiative around access to care and LTC.
  8. 8. Mouth Care Without a Battle  An overview for administrators, policy makers, and advocates for quality care.