Developing a Supplemental Assessment Tool for Younger Residents in Long-Term Care

  • Emma J. Hazelton-Provo Dalhousie University
  • Lori E. Weeks Dalhousie University
Keywords: long-term care, younger residents, assessment tool

Abstract

Background

It has been established that the needs of long-term care resi­dents under 65 are distinct from those of older residents, and that these needs are not sufficiently met through the current model of LTC. Our goal was to create a supplemental assess­ment tool that can be used at the time of assessment to better represent the needs of this population.

Methods

Residents in the target age group (between 18 and 64), and staff who work with the target age group, were interviewed individually to identify important questions to be asked in the assessment tool. A preliminary tool was presented to the participants in a focus group, and feedback was used to make modifications to the tool.

Results

Questions developed from the study addressed several unique needs of this population, including the role of technology in their well-being, the need for time with visitors, and the need for supports as they transition in to LTC.

Conclusions

The needs of younger residents in LTC are unique, and through interviews with residents and staff we developed an assessment tool to better represent those needs at the time of admission.

Author Biographies

Emma J. Hazelton-Provo, Dalhousie University

Faculty of Medicine

Lori E. Weeks, Dalhousie University
Faculty of Medicine
Published
2021-07-13
How to Cite
Hazelton-Provo, E. J., & Weeks, L. E. (2021). Developing a Supplemental Assessment Tool for Younger Residents in Long-Term Care. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 24(3), 170-173. https://doi.org/10.5770/cgj.24.465
Section
Original Research