Strengthening a Palliative Approach in Long-Term Care (SPA-LTC Project)

Funded by the Canadian Frailty Network 2014-2016 (Formerly TVN)

Project Overview

Residents living and dying in long-term care (LTC) homes represent one of society’s most frail and marginalized populations of older adults. The main goal of this research project was to adapt, implement, and evaluate a multi-component palliative care program, called Strengthening a Palliative Approach in Long Term Care (SPA-LTC). The project used a multiple case study design and participatory action approach in collaboration with four LTC homes in southern Ontario. 

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Resources

The Impact of Illness Trajectory Pamphlets

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PanphletCover-Dementia-SM  PamphletCover-Frailty-SM  PamphletCover-Lung-SM  PanphletCover-Heart-SM  PanphletCover-Kidney-SM

Alberta Specific Pamphlets

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Dementia - Alberta  Frailty - Alberta  Lung - Alberta  Heart - Alberta  Kidney - Alberta

COMING SOON: Illness trajectory pamphlets specific to Saskatchwan and Manitoba. 

As a part of the Strengthening a Palliative Approach in Long-Term Care (SPA-LTC) Study, five educational illness trajectory pamphlets were developed. The pamphlets focus on five life-limiting chronic illnesses that are most prevalent and inadequately addressed in LTC; frailty, dementia, heart failure, kidney disease, and lung disease. The pamphlets aim to provide information to residents and family about the expectations of each illness, prompting questions from family and availability of resources from LTC. Along with providing information, the pamphlets aid in activating Advance Care Planning (ACP); the process of discussing values and wishes about future care for the resident between residents, families, and staff. Advance care planning typically has many barriers in LTC, including staff discomfort, lack of initiative and reluctance from family members, and lack of available tools to support such discussions. The pamphlets provide a tool to initiate the discussion of end-of-life care and activate Advance Care Planning.