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Data let Canadians compare care at long-term institutions

Posted on July 13, 2015

For the first time ever, Canadians now are able to directly compare the performance of individual long-term care facilities.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information released nine new indicators Wednesday that measure the performance of 57 per cent of the 2,000 or so long-term care homes in Canada, including more than 600 in Ontario and all 29 within the city of Ottawa.

“We think this a groundbreaking achievement for the country,” said Brent Diverty, CIHI’s vice-president of programs. “You really can’t go to any country and get this kind of information at a home level.”

Three long-term care homes in Ottawa scored above average on seven of the nine indicators: New Orchard Lodge, the Township of Osgoode Care Centre and Elizabeth Bruyère Residence.

Three others — Villa Marconi, St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa and Sarsfield Colonial Home — rated above average on six indicators.

Four more were above average on five indicators: Starwood, Garden Terrace, Bruyère Continuing Care’s Saint-Louis Residence and Revera’s Centre de soins de longue durée Montfort.

At the other end of the scale, four long-term care facilities scored better than average on just two of the nine indicators: Laurier Manor, Carlingview Manor, Granite Ridge and The Glebe Centre.

The indicators include such things as falls by residents, the use of restraints and antipsychotic drugs and worsening pressure ulcers and physical functioning.

CIHI has been collecting and sharing the data with the long-term care sector for a decade, but only recently felt it had enough “to start to paint a national picture,” Diverty said.

The overall results are encouraging, with most indicators improving or holding steady over the past five years.

Four more were above average on five indicators: Starwood, Garden Terrace, Bruyère Continuing Care’s Saint-Louis Residence and Revera’s Centre de soins de longue durée Montfort.

At the other end of the scale, four long-term care facilities scored better than average on just two of the nine indicators: Laurier Manor, Carlingview Manor, Granite Ridge and The Glebe Centre.

The indicators include such things as falls by residents, the use of restraints and antipsychotic drugs and worsening pressure ulcers and physical functioning.

CIHI has been collecting and sharing the data with the long-term care sector for a decade, but only recently felt it had enough “to start to paint a national picture,” Diverty said.

The overall results are encouraging, with most indicators improving or holding steady over the past five years.

 

Butler, Don. “New Data Let Public Compare Long-term Care Homes.”Ottawa Citizen. N.p., 10 June 2015. Web. 13 July 2015. <http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/new-data-let-public-compare-long-term-care-homes>.

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