Long Term Care



In April 2018 The Wexford began its journey as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) pre-designate hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). The home will implement three best practice guidelines (BPGs) over the next 3 years. These guidelines promote and support quality care for our residents and their families.

Benefits of the Best Practice Guidelines include:

  • Improve health care
  • Reduce the variation in care
  • Transfer research evidence into practice
  • Convey the knowledge base of nursing
  • Assist with clinical decision making
  • Identify gaps in research
  • Stop interventions that have little effect or cause harm

Learn more about the Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) program at https://rnao.ca/bpg/bpso

Chosen Best Practice Guidelines:

  1. Preventing Falls and reducing injury from Falls (2018-2019)
  2. Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Interventions (2019-2020)
  3. Person and Family Centered Care (2019-2020)

Preventing Falls and reducing injury from Falls:

This guideline was chosen to help identify adults who are at risk for falling and those who fall frequently. The guideline has recommendations that assist the home in making a plan to manage the number of falls in the home and reduce the risk of injury from a fall.

Oral Health: Nursing Assessment and Intervention:

This guideline provides evidence-based recommendations on best practices related to oral health care. This guideline focuses on recommendations for assessing oral health, and strategies and interventions related to oral care.

Person and Family Centred Care:

The Person-and Family-Centred Care best practice guideline can be used to enhance the quality of partnerships between health-care providers with individuals. Person- and family-centred care focuses on the whole person as a unique individual and not just on their illness or disease. By viewing the individual in this way, health-care providers will better understand the person’s life, their experience of health, the role of family in the person’s life, and the role they may play in supporting the person to achieve health.

The last year of the BPSO pre-designation (2020-2021) will focus on Evaluation- (exploring if the best practice changes have made a difference in residence care) and Sustainability (ensuring that we maintain practice change) of the three guidelines recommendations that have been implemented throughout The Wexford!

Long Term Care