Oral health in long term care community consultation & discussion

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Oral health in long term care community consultation & discussion

  1. 1. Oral Health in Long Term Care: Community Consultation & Discussion SK Oral Health Coalition – Action Group SK Oral Health Professionals
  2. 2. Oral Health in Long Term Care  Oral Health in Long Term Care action group and the SK Oral Health Professionals group met to edit/modify the Better Oral Health Care in Residential Care documents.
  3. 3. Oral Health in Long Term Care  Need  Need to name this project/resource. to focus test/pilot at some Long Term Care homes, and modify based on feedback.
  4. 4. Oral Health in Long Term Care Two significant holistic values: 1. Use of the term “oral health team” (OHT) throughout resource. OHT may include two or more health professionals – such as physician, dentist, nurse, dental assistant, dental hygienist, dental therapist, denturist, care aids, speech-language pathologist, nutritionist, etc.
  5. 5. Oral Health in Long Term Care •This allows processes to be flexible for each LTC home. •As each home has different needs, staffing and programs, modifications can be made that suit the home.
  6. 6. Oral Health in Long Term Care 2. The reality is that family members are often the ones providing oral care for their loved one:    Do they know what to look for? Do they know how to do oral care? Do they know what dental resources are needed?
  7. 7. Oral Health in Long Term Care Residents and family members need to be included when providing training/learning sessions on oral health. They are part of the team. This approach allows flexibility, and may make oral health in Long Term Care more “doable” for Long Term Care home staff.

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