HSO National Long-Term Care Services Standards Technical Committee

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NIA’s Dr. Samir Sinha to Chair the HSO National Long-Term Care Services Standards Technical Committee

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Health Standards Organization (HSO), and Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) are collaborating to develop two new complementary National Standards for Long-Term Care that will be shaped by the needs of residents, families, and Canada’s LTC workforce.

Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Health Policy Research at the NIA, a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults will Chair the HSO National Long-term Care Services Standard Technical Committee.

“The devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada’s long-term care homes have only highlighted the long-standing issues that must be comprehensively addressed in order to provide our most vulnerable Canadians the resident and family-centred, safe, reliable, and high-quality care they deserve” said Dr. Sinha. “Having a consistent approach to enhancing the quality of care across all Canadian long-term care homes through a national standard will improve the quality of life for those of us who may one day need this level of care.”

HSO’s National Long-Term Care Services Standard will focus on resident- and family-centred care practices that value the importance of respect, dignity, trust, and quality of life; safe and reliable care based on evidence-informed practices; and a healthy and competent workforce to ensure sustainable, team-based, compassionate care. HSO’s existing National Long-Term Care Services Standard currently forms the basis upon which 67% of Canada’s current long-term care homes are accredited.

Funding for the development of Canada’s new National Standards for Long-Term Care is being provided by the federally-funded Standards Council of Canada and will better support an organizational culture that is outcome focused and strives towards the safety and well-being of all.

Get Involved

HSO is looking for people who share their passion for inspiring positive change that improves the quality and safety of health and social services. HSO welcomes you to apply or nominate someone to be a part of HSO’s National Long-Term Care Services Standard Technical Committee.

Learn more: https://longtermcarestandards.ca/technical-committee

As HSO begins designing and building the new standard, they want to hear from Canadians and what matters most to them when it comes to long-term care. All responses will help shape what an optimal future state of LTC ought to look like in Canada.

Provide your input: https://longtermcarestandards.ca/your-input

In the Spring of 2021, HSO will be launching a series of cross-country town halls and additional activities to hear your opinions and capture the diverse perspectives of residents, families, health service providers, clinicians, and policy makers from coast to coast to coast.

Learn more here: https://longtermcarestandards.ca/

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