We have an opportunity to expand the reach of proven innovations so more people can benefit. We also remain committed to helping the people we work with find meaningful and effective ways to partner with those with lived experience who are essential to improving experiences, outcomes and policies in a pandemic context.
We all have an important role in defining what excellence looks like for everyone across the country. Please join us in supporting pandemic response in long-term care, the reintegration of essential care partners into health and care facilities, safe virtual care, and more.
Through Essential Together, we’re working with health and care organizations to support them to re-integrate, welcome and engage essential care partners as part of care teams during COVID-19 and beyond. Essential Together takes a balanced approach to support the safe reintegration of essential care partners, even during an outbreak. The program offers learning bundles, huddles, access to coaching, ongoing peer learning, and other support.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the urgency to share learning across care settings in real-time. The need to move quickly to improve support for underserved people, and the people who care for them, is especially critical as existing gaps in health and care widen. In response, Healthcare Excellence Canada launched a Learning Together to connect residential substance use centres and emergency shelters to share lessons learned. The Virtual Learning Together Series includes webinars, huddles, discussion forums and workshops. Together, we can expand the reach of what’s working so more people can benefit.
As long-term care and retirement homes continue to adapt to COVID-19, collaborative learning is needed now more than ever. The Next Steps in COVID-19 Response webinar series brings people together so they can share with, and learn from, others facing similar challenges and opportunities in long-term care and retirement homes during the pandemic. This webinar series focuses on six key areas that can strengthen pandemic response: preparation, prevention, people in the workforce, pandemic response and surge capacity, plan for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 care, and presence of family.
LTC+ is a community of long-term care and retirement homes working together to strengthen ongoing pandemic response. Participants include those delivering healthcare for older adults in congregate settings – staff, managers, policy-makers, residents, family, caregiver partners and others – working hard to manage tough situations while also looking and planning ahead. Through LTC+, homes work with Implementation Science Teams and have access to potential funding, coaching, peer support and virtual learning.
We partnered with the Canadian Health Workforce Network to identify health workforce strategies that reduce the effects of COVID-19 for patients, healthcare workers and others. To access the searchable database of more than 650 innovations from around the world, visit the CHWN website.
Here are some COVID-19 related resources developed by Healthcare Excellence Canada and partners.