News Release

Toronto Central LHIN leads the way with Innovative Palliative Care Education for Long-Term Care Homes

Pallium Canada’s LEAP courseware fills palliative care education gap in the Long-Term Care setting

TORONTO, ON (May 5, 2016) – During the month of March, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) organized and hosted three two-day Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative care (LEAP) workshops, training 60 long-term care home staff in palliative care.

The audience comprised a mix of physicians, nurses, personal support workers, recreation and spiritual care staff. This training, called LEAP LTC (Long-Term Care), supports best practice to include the full inter-professional care team, including champion Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Health Care Aids (HCAs) in formalized training.

Evaluations have shown that LEAP learners demonstrate significant improvement in knowledge, comfort and attitudes after training. With this added training, long-term care staff are better equipped to meet the needs of their residents and improve their quality of life.

The Toronto Central LHIN was among the first adopters of the LEAP LTC course in Canada. Beginning in 2012, Pallium Canada’s National LEAP Advisory Committee and Long-Term Care Working Group reviewed the LEAP Core materials and delivery for adaptation to the care needs of the long-term care setting.

Pallium Canada anticipates rapid expansion of LEAP LTC training across the country as currently only 16 to 30 per cent of Canadians have access to quality palliative and end-of-life services. Pallium Canada’s LEAP courseware suite includes additional care-settings, including: LEAP Core, LEAP Mini, LEAP Oncology, LEAP Paramedic, LEAP Undergrad and LEAP Essential Conversations. For more information, please visit www.pallium.ca.

QUOTES

“The Toronto Central LHIN is committed to strengthening how palliative care is delivered locally. Last year, we surveyed local long-term care homes, and identified an opportunity to support capacity building to help enhance knowledge and skills with respect to provision of palliative care services. We are pleased to have been able to support this training, as we believe it will be one way for us to see more of the palliative care improvements we want and need in the system.

- Vania Sakelaris, Senior Director, Toronto Central LHIN

“The LEAP LTC course provided an opportunity for an interactive learning experience about a very important topic. The program was well designed and provided front line workers from different disciplines the tools necessary to provide quality care. I gained practical knowledge and skills in working with residents and families on palliative and end-of-life care. The course improved my knowledge and enabled me to provide better quality support."

  - Eva, Complementary Care Assistant, Fudger House (attended training)

QUICK FACTS

  • In March 2014, the Toronto Central LHIN launched its Palliative Care Strategy to strengthen the delivery of local palliative care services.


About the Toronto Central LHIN

Toronto Central LHIN has the highest concentration of health services in Ontario with more than 170 health service providers delivering 210 programs. Toronto Central LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services that meet the needs of 1.2 million residents and thousands of other Ontarians who come to Toronto for care.

About Pallium Canada

Since 2001, Pallium Canada has been developing inter-professional palliative care education for all care providers. Our mission is to educate health care professionals and carers about palliative care and to accelerate the integration of palliative care in Canadians communities and healthcare systems. Our palliative care educational products includes the LEAP courseware suite, Pallium Palliative Pocketbook (2nd Edition) and eBook, Pallium App, LEAP Facilitator Training and eLearning resources. Pallium Canada is a partner in the Ontario Palliative Care Network launched by the ministry to drive consistent, quality palliative care programs across the province through regional coordination and leadership.

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For more information contact:

Ryan Joyce
Communications Specialist
Toronto Central LHIN
416-969-3285
ryan.joyce@lhins.on.ca

Jordan MacGregor
Communications Manager
Pallium Canada
613-562-6262 x. 1618
jmacgregor@pallium.ca