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Assessment and Management Tool – 13 Prescribing Tips for Older Adults

Thirteen practical prescribing tips for older adults, as curated by Lawrence Jackson BScPhm, CTDP.

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Assessment and Management Tool – Confusion Assessment Method (short version) Pocket Card

This pocket card contains a ready-to-print short version of the CAM.

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Assessment and Management Tool – Decision Making Capacity and Dementia

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing developed this guideline for evaluating decision-making capacity in hospitalized patients and those in long-term care diagnosed with dementia.

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Assessment and Management Tool – Determining Decision Making Ability Pocket Card

This pocket card gives the user a set of probing questions to assess the decision-making ability in older adults.

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Assessment and Management Tool – Geriatric Screening in Primary Care Pocket Card

This pocket card provides guidance on the assessment of 6 key areas: vision, hearing, functional status, urinary incontinence, nutrition, and memory

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Assessment and Management Tool – Pain

A comprehensive pain assessment tool.

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Assessment and Management Tool – Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool

The SAMI is a brief screening tool used to detect alcohol use problems in older adults.  This is a validated tool that asks older adults about alcohol use in a way that is conversational rather than fact-finding.

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Assessment and Management Tool – Who Assesses Capacity Under What Circumstances

This guideline determines who assesses capacity and under what circumstances.

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Other – Collaborative Model of Emergency Departments Services

This document describes an emergency department model which integrates the GEM Nurse, Social Worker, and Community Care Access Centre Care Coordinator.

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Other – GEM FAQ

This document answers the most frequently asked questions about the GEM program.

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Other – GEM Program Development

This slide deck describes the components of the GEM practice model

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Other – GEM Provincial Network Contact List

Contact list for the provincial GEM Network.

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Other – GEM Role in Community Hospital

This document outlines the responsibilities of a GEM nurse in a community hospital.

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Other – GEM Role in Urban Teaching Hospital

This document outlines the responsibilities of a GEM nurse in an urban teaching hospital.

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Patient Resource – Elder Abuse Toolkit (Gov’t of Ontario)

The Ministry of Seniors Affairs has created an easy to use toolkit of resources on the topic of elder abuse, including a senior’s safety hotline.

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Patient Resource – Emergency Visit Checklist for People with Dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) have developed a series of checklists and forms for people living with dementia to fill out with a family member, friend, or caregiver before an emergency department visit.

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This presentation in Oct 2017 by Dr. Kathleen F Hunter reviews three research studies of patients with dementia in emergency department.

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Presentation – Designing Care for Older Adults in the ED Webinar

Click here for a recording of the presentation. This webinar presented in Sept 2017 by Suzie Southey, Emergency Nurse Consultant (UK), wich explores how to design care to meet the needs of older adults in the Emergency Department.

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Presentation – Elder Abuse and Dementia: Complexities in the ED

This presentation by GEM nurse Raeann Rideout in October 2017 provides in-depth practical guidance for identification, assessment, and intervention of elder abuse for older adults presenting to the emergency department.

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Presentation – Elder Abuse Identification, Assessment, and Intervention in the ED

This slide deck compiles resources and tools usemergency department to assess for elder abuse in emergency department.

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Presentation – Getting Started and Building Capacity for GEM

This slide deck contains a model for exploring the Knowledge to Practice Process and a framework to guide capacity building activities in GEM.

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Click here for a recording of the presentation. This webinar presented in Feb 2017 by Judith Wahl (Lawyer), Dr. Jeff Myers (Physician), and Julie Darnay (Educator) provides helpful advice on health care consent and advance care planning.

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Presentation – Mobility in the ED (JBH)

This presentation explains how to assess mobility and identify some of the common mobility impairments. It also provides an overview of the Seniors Mobile Assess and Restore Team (SMART) at Joseph Brant Hospital.

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Presentation – Ontario’s Dementia Strategy: 10 Strategic Investments (MOHLTC)

This presentation by the MOHLTC in October 2017 provides an overview of the ten strategic investments of the dementia strategy, and includes alignment with other MOHLTC initiatives.

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Presentation – Risk Stratification of Seniors in the ED

This presentation in Sept 2014, by Dr. George A. Heckman provides an overview of risk stratification in the emergency department.

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For older adults and their family and caregivers who are looking for information about community services and programs including health and wellness, estate and advanced care planning, housing, finances, and transportation, we recommend the Ontario Government’s website Information for Seniors.

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