BETTER CARE with Behavioural Supports in every home.
Dementia and its complications have come to characterize one of the core challenges facing this current generation of seniors. It’s a challenge felt most acutely by family members, friends and health professionals who care for them.
Today, nine of every 10 residents exhibit some form of cognitive decline and almost half of all long-term care residents in Ontario have some form of aggressive behaviour related to their cognitive impairment or mental health condition.
We know that the one-to-one attention and care that comes from having more staff can help to alleviate some of the triggers that influence aggressive behaviour. For residents who exhibit responsive and aggressive behaviours associated with their dementia, we have dedicated resources in the form of Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) teams. Currently, more than half of all Ontario’s long-term care homes have in-home BSO teams, while the rest are serviced by mobile BSO teams.
We need an in-home BSO team for every long-term care home in the province.
Mobile BSO teams are a core component of the province’s dementia strategy, supporting both long-term care residents with advanced cognitive impairment and responsive behaviours as well as seniors living in the community. The province’s support for its BSO program has continued to grow in passing years due in large part to the work the Association has done in showing the success of the in-home model. That’s why we continue to advocate that 100% of these BSO investments be directed specifically to long-term care homes – and that a separate fund be created to support mobile BSO teams for seniors living in the community.
Research indicates that in-home BSO teams are two to four times more likely than mobile teams to help reduce challenging behaviours. By supporting residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week, these teams gain a deeper understanding of the behaviour traits particular to the residents in their care. They consistently review and assess care approaches and help residents carry out activities of daily living. They are also a training resource, teaching staff how to better communicate with residents and families and showing them how to reduce caregiver and resident stress.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO GET BEHAVIOURAL SUPPORT TEAMS IN EVERY HOME?
- A schedule from the province describing when every long-term care home in Ontario will have a fully funded in-home BSO team.
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