Lakehead Researcher Advises Expert Panel on the Future of LTC in Ontario

The Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care (QPC-LTC) Alliance has been invited to present recommendations to the Ontario Long Term Care Associationís expert panel on the Future of Long Term Care in Ontario. On October 24, 2011 Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, researcher at Lakehead Universityís Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH), and Principal Investigator of the Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Alliance, will present recommendations on the need to incorporate high quality palliative care in long term care homes. Funded by SSHRC, the QPC-LTC Alliance consists of four long-term care homes, 40 researchers, and four community partners that are committed to improving quality of life for people who are dying in LTC homes in Canada.

The QPC-LTC Alliance was selected to present to the panel of experts on Palliative Care in Long Term Care Homes due to their current leading edge project in this area. Dr. Mary Lou Kelley and the QPC-LTC Alliance presentation will outline innovations at an internal, sector wide, and health system level.

The expert panel consists of over two dozen experts in aging care and services whose main goal is to develop an innovation strategy that will guide the sector in its delivery of care and service to residents into the future. For more information on the panel please visit their posted pdf file.

More information regarding the QPC-LTC Alliance and the brief can be found on their project website www.palliativealliance.ca.