Our commitment to quality is unconditional
Extendicare helps people live better by focusing on four main areas of improvement:
- Quality of care
- Quality of life
- Resident and family satisfaction
To demonstrate our continuous improvement in these areas, our performance is constantly reviewed and assessed internally within the context of established quality indicators covering admission and discharge procedures, nursing and personal care, food quality, housekeeping and laundry, and resident and family satisfaction.
Providing Quality of Care
Our National Quality Framework
The Extendicare National Quality Framework is a documented set of protocols, best practices and proven methodologies which standardize our operations and provide the overall framework within which our organization works to achieve and maintain our commitment to quality.
Extendicare long-term care homes are fully accredited by a recognized independent, third party accreditation body, Accreditation Canada. In addition a number of Extendicare employees often participate as surveyors in accreditation reviews of other homes.
Using software and technology, we track the clinical status of our residents in real time. Our systems allow us to monitor the key risk areas in our homes and identify where we need to focus improvements.
We concentrate on clinical areas that have the most impact on residents’ lives such as improving function, minimizing falls, restraints and pressure ulcers (bed sores), improving continence, administering appropriate medications and managing pain.
To see the current statistics for our home please visit yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca
We have a corporate team of experts, including nurses, dietitians, infection control and environmental health specialists, fire safety experts, policy and program consultants and others that support our homes on a daily basis, helping to identify and implement best practices.
Our clinical experts are responsible for developing company-wide policies and evidence-based programs to ensure that our homes are implementing best practices in care. We review our policies at least annually to ensure they are up to date and reflect current evidence and advance best practice. Our evidence-based programs include:
- Continence Care
- Dementia Care
- Falls Prevention
- Pain Management
- Palliative Care
- Restorative Care
- Skin and Wound Care