In long-term care (LTC), 21.3% of residents have had a stroke and stroke is the third most common diagnosis in LTC residents. In fact, stroke is believed to be one of the leading causes of transfer of elderly individuals to LTC facilities. More than 10% of patients who have experienced a stroke require long term care and twenty percent of stroke survivors who are identified as having moderate or severe impairments following stroke are discharged to a LTC Home or to Complex Continuing Care.
A working group of Long Term Care (LTC) Home representatives and members of the Ontario Stroke Network reviewed the 12 LTC Stroke Care Plans initially released in 2012 to ensure alignment with the newly released best practice document, Taking Action for Optimal Community & Long Term Stroke Care© (TACLS) (Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2015). The LTC Stroke Care Plans incorporate RAI MDS Outcome Scales and translate evidence-based, best practice stroke care into comprehensive and practical care plans for front line providers. As such, they are intended to enable all Ontario LTC Homes to incorporate best practice stroke care into resident care planning.
1 Continuing Care Reporting System, CIHI, 2014-15
2 PriceWaterhouseCooper, 2001
3 Statistics Canada, 2010
4 SEQC, 2012
5 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 2011
Theme: Client and Family Centered Care