in North to focus on improving medical care for elderly
An upcoming workshop in Sudbury is aimed at educating nurses, doctors,
in-home support workers and other frontline caregivers on ways to
improve the condition and quality of life of their elderly clients.
“The Northern Ontario
Long Term Care Conference,” to be held at the Sudbury Holiday
Inn on September 20th, will look closely at a number of issues related
to elder care and long term care, including upper respiratory infections,
pain management, diabetes, and fall prevention.
The event is particularly important, says Sue
Burns, conference organizer and Long Term Care Consultant with host
Medical Pharmacy Group, because of its location.
“We don’t have many educational events
focused on specific topics in the North,” says Burns, “and
by educating [caregivers in the region] we can improve the outcome
for our clients and hopefully increase their quality of life.”
The event, which is also sponsored by the Northern
Ontario School of Medicine and AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company,
is a day-and-a-half affair with nine speakers currently slated.
Invitations were sent to health professionals
in a wide swath of the North, says Burns, including Kapuskasing,
Sault Ste. Marie, Haileybury, Timmins and Sudbury. 140 of 1,500
invitees have confirmed, she says, with Extendicare sending more
than 70 of its frontline staff and management.
The overall response has exceeded her expectations
thus far, says Burns.
“It’s gratifying” to have a
turn out of this size, she says, noting that this is the first time
she has organized such a large workshop.
“The onus is on us now,” she says.
“If we get a good response chances are good
that [this event] will happen again.”
For more information call: Sherry Carlucci at