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RHA Highlights - December

Long term care residents offer positive comments about facilities

Members of the Sun Country Regional Health Authority (SCRHA) learned at their regular meeting December 1, 2015 that comments to the CEO regarding long term care in the Region this spring were generally very positive.

“In general, residents and families are especially happy with the nursing care and feel connected to the staff members in the long term care homes in Sun Country Health Region,” said Marga Cugnet, President and CEO. Mrs. Cugnet toured the facilities earlier in the year to take a measure of resident satisfaction.

“Of course, there’s always room for improvement,” she said. The Region is reviewing menu concerns that were raised, and addressing them as able. “Residents love to talk about the meals and how to improve things. Many current residents prefer a meat and potatoes menu so they like to see their beef and eat fish only once in a blue moon.”

Some families discussed the need for more physiotherapy services than are currently offered. “We would like to provide more assessments and treatments and we are considering it,” she said.

“One of the very strong messages received at almost all facilities was in favour of the weekend activities. The Ministry of Health’s Urgent Issues Fund provided more money for activities staff and now residents from every site talk about what an improvement it is.”

In other business, members of SCRHA learned that:

- Two of the four improvement projects for the 2015-16 fiscal year are on target for completed by March 31, 2015. The project to stop staff injuries is not meeting the goals. While the target for accepted WCB claims this fiscal year is 73, there have been 75 accepted WCB claims to the end of October.

- All facilities in the Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) will adopt a 24-hour visiting policy in the near future to allowing family members unrestricted access to patients and residents and allows family and friends to more fully participate in their care and living.

-Purposeful rounding, a regular check on each long term care resident at set times during the day and night continues to be implemented at one-third of the long term care facilities in the Region. These sites include Weyburn Special Care Home, Estevan Regional Nursing Home, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan long term care, Mainprize Manor Health Centre, Midale, Fillmore Health Centre, and Lampman Health Centre.  A new group of facilities will be selected in February to adopt the process on April 1, 2016.

- SCHR is in the final stages of purchasing supplies for Dr. Ryan Eidsness to commence the cataract surgical program at the Weyburn General Hospital in the new year.

- Appropriate EMS staffing at a number of sites is an issue. The Oxbow site is experiencing the biggest challenge, with plans for successful recruitment in the near future.  Periodic outages may occur over the next months.

- Flu immunization: The official flu season began November 30, 2015. The immunize or mask policy is voluntary in SCHR this flu season.  Employee health nurses have been working diligently to provide immunizations to those staff members who choose to vaccinate themselves against influenza.  As of November 16, 58.8 per cent of SCHR staff has been immunized against influenza.

- The regional average wait time for next available appointment for the eight primary health teams is 5.7 days. The target for 2015-2016 is four days.

- As a result of a 2014 community needs assessment in Carlyle, it was determined that a program was necessary to address the high prevalence of adult overweight/obesity. While participants agreed or strongly agreed that they have made changes to their eating habits and increased their level of physical activity as a result of the current program, 60 per cent agreed and 40 per cent strongly agreed that they are more able to anticipate and plan for challenges or setback as a result of the program. 

- LiveWell with Chronic Disease workshops were completed in Bengough and Kipling this fall. The Region has been approved to offer the Live Well with Chronic Pain program for individuals suffering from chronic pain. Two volunteers are registered to participate in the training coming up on November 30 and December 1 in Regina.

- In capital planning, the Radville Marian Health Centre demolition project is complete. The business case for replacement of Weyburn General Hospital has been completed and submitted to the Ministry of Health.

The next public meeting of the Sun Country Health Region will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in Tatagwa View, Weyburn.

Posted Jan 7 2016.

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