Meadow Park London

(519) 686-0484 - 1210 Southdale Road East London, Ontario

2016 Report Card

Success in Quality Improvement: Appropriate Antipsychotic Use, Depression Rates and Restraints

Meadow Park - London, Long-Term Care

Statistics as of October 2015 through 2016 - Meadow Park in London is continuously working towards their goals for their 2016/17 Quality Improvement Plans that were submitted to Health Quality Ontario in April of this year.

"We've seen a lot of success so far and we're working to improve even further," says Administrator Nicole Ross, "Our staff are dedicated to providing exceptional care and are working hard for positive resident outcomes."

Since 2014, long-term care staff, physicians and pharmacists across the province made it a priority to reduce the rates of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes for those who do not have a diagnosis of psychosis. Staff at Meadow Park, as well as their attending physician and team of pharmacists looked to improve appropriate use of this medication for the residents.

Different tactics were implemented such as medication reviews, education for frontline staff as well as consulting professional partners at a Professional Advisory Committee meeting for input. The home also works closely with Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) to make sure that residents living with Dementia are connected with programs, activities and tasks. Through these initiatives, Meadow Park has been able to reduce their rates from 32% in 2015 to 17% in 2016. They reached this goal ahead of their proposed schedule with the plan.

Another success that home has achieved is their ability to reduce physical restraints. Currently Meadow Park in London has a 0.5% average rate of residents who are phsycially restrained in trunk restraints, limb restraints or wheelchairs that prevent residents from getting up. The provincial average for restraint use in long-term care is 5.7%.

"We take pride in our least restraint approach to care," says the Administrator, "it improves quality of life. We don't want to restrict movement and independence. We want those who live here to be as active as they can for as long as they can. Our philosophy is well-ingrained in our culture at the home and supports this positive outcome."

Other priorities on the Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) was to improve their 2-4 pressure ulcers, falls and worsening bladder control. Although their goals have yet to be achieved, rates have come down and the home is optimistic that they will make these areas a focus for their 2017/18 plans.


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