Oral Health in
Long Term Care
November 4, 2013
Pilot with LTC Oral Health Coordinator
(OHC) – Carol Karppinen resigned July
College of Dentistry posted position and
individuals applied. Successful candidate
later changed mind.
College of Dentistry has reposted LTC
Once LTC OHC in place, will begin seeing
residents at Parkridge Centre and
Sherbrooke Community Centre.
Saskatchewan Oral Health
supported by Vidya Shanmugam:
Saskatchewan conversion of
oral health training resource from
Confirmed new title of resource:
Better Oral Health in LTC – Best Practice
Standards for Saskatchewan
and received health
costs data related to Saskatchewan
costs for LTC residents hospitalized
with aspiration pneumonia
(information obtained from SHR
Population and Public Health –
Public Health Observatory).
Saskatoon Health Region:
signed licensing agreement with
Australian Health Authorities to use
are being ordered.
Health Educators will train front line
special care aides in 1 or 2
Health Assessment Tool (OHAT) plus
plaque index to be done prior to
implementation. This will be repeated 4-8
weeks after implementation.
is to extend focus testing to
Sherbrooke Community Centre and one
rural LTC home.
and families to receive
educational/promotional material on oral
recommendations, report, and
Better Oral Health in LTC – Best
Practice Standards for
Saskatchewan to be shared and
discussed with Saskatchewan
Ministry of Health in early 2014.
need to link with Canadian
Dental Association’s initiative
around access to care and LTC.
Mouth Care Without a Battle
overview for administrators, policy
makers, and advocates for quality care.