OTTAWA  –  Health Standards Organization (HSO) is pleased to announce the members of its Long-Term Care (LTC) Services Technical Committee, which will lead the work on HSO’s National Long-Term Care Services standard beginning in June 2021.

The pandemic has brought to light the long-standing challenges in long-term care and the need for a standard that will provide long-term care homes across Canada with evidence-based best practices to provide safe, reliable and high-quality care for its residents and to support a healthy and competent workforce.

We were humbled to have received more than 250 applications from Canadians wanting to join our Technical Committee, chaired by Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health and University Health Network in Toronto, and a passionate and respected advocate for the rights of older adults.

The resulting 32 Technical Committee members, from 11 provinces and territories, were selected to ensure balanced regional and pan-Canadian representation from residents and family members, the long-term care workforce, leadership, policy-makers and researchers (e.g. in dementia, mental health, palliative care, ethics, nutrition, rehabilitation, and infection prevention and control). See the list of Technical Committee members.

“I am honoured to be leading the development of the new National Long-Term Care Services standard with the members of our Technical Committee. I am humbled by the breadth of expertise and lived experience each member brings to the table to do this important work. Canadians can take pride in the fact that this new standard is being developed by a diverse Technical Committee that reflects the needs and views of every region of the country,” said Dr. Sinha.

“The selection of the Technical Committee is a crucial milestone in the design of the National Long-Term Care Services standard. The feedback we have received so far from thousands of Canadians will inform the work of the Technical Committee and guide HSO in the development of standards that will bring quality and safety to residents of long-term care homes, their families, and the staff who care for them,” said Kaye Phillips, Executive Director, Global Programs at HSO.

In addition to the Technical Committee’s work, HSO will also be launching a series of cross-country town halls and additional activities to hear your opinions and capture the diverse perspectives of residents, families, health service providers, clinicians and policy-makers from coast to coast to coast. The draft standard will also go through a public review process in early 2022.

As we develop the National Long-Term Care Services standard, we are committed to working with partners to ensure the experiences and voices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit and marginalized populations in Canada are heard.

Learn more about the standard here: https://longtermcarestandards.ca/

Collaboration with CSA Group

HSO and CSA Group are collaborating throughout the standard development process to address both the delivery of safe, reliable and high-quality care services and the health infrastructure and environmental design of long-term care homes.

CSA Z8004, Operation and Infection Prevention and Control of Long-Term Care Homes, will provide requirements for safe operating practices and for infection prevention and control in long-term care homes. Professor Alex Mihailidis is the Chair of the CSA Group Technical Subcommittee on Long-Term Care Homes and is leading the standard development work for CSA Group. Professor Mihailidis is Scientific Director and CEO of AGE-WELL. For more details on the CSA Group technical subcommittee membership.

“The Technical Subcommittee members were selected from over 150 applicants from coast-to-coast-to-coast and from a variety of backgrounds. The individuals selected are an outstanding mix of talent and lived experiences in long-term care. I am honoured to be working with them in the development of this important standard towards the improvement in the quality of care that Canadian seniors receive in our LTC homes,” said Dr. Alex Mihailidis.

CSA Group is a global organization dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. It is a leader in Standards Development and in Testing, Inspection and Certification around the world including Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Its mandate is to hold the future to a higher standard.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Almost one third (31%) of our members are active frontline workers in the long-term care sector. These include nurses, physicians and other individuals with firsthand experience and knowledge providing care and support to long-term care residents and their families.
  • Over a quarter (28%) of our members are long-term care residents or family members of current and past long-term care residents, bringing valuable insights from the perspective of those who matter the most.
  • The research and practical expertise our members bring include policy, dementia, mental health, palliative care, ethics, nutrition, rehabilitation, and infection prevention and control.

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