Education and Resource Package
As part of the "Oral Care in Continuing Care Settings" project, a number of hands-on and educational resources have been developed to assist care providers in delivering daily oral care to their older residents/clients.
Oral Health Resource Manual
The oral care manual houses information on all of the hands-on and educational tools developed as part of this project. It includes: information on care cards, toolkits, daily and annual oral health assessments, oral care planning, proper technique for brushing and flossing, oral care products and aids, and various oral conditions.
Oral Health Resource Manual
- Table of Contents
The oral care manual houses information on all of the hands-on and educational tools developed as part of this project.
Oral Health Tool-Kits for Residents
Oral health toolkits were developed to store oral care supplies only. Having the necessary oral care supplies is a key factor in providing adequate oral care.
Care Cards for residents and clients of Adult Day Clinic
Oral care cards outline the necessary steps for providing oral care to someone with natural teeth, dentures, partials, or a combination of natural teeth and dentures⁄partials. There is also a card available for those residents⁄ clients who have difficulty swallowing.
Oral Health Assessment Forms
A daily Oral Health Assessment sheet was developed for recording any problems observed by the care provider when performing the resident's daily oral care routine. An Annual Oral Health Assessment form and an Oral Hygiene Care Plan was also designed by out project team.
Posters Promoting Oral Health
As part of the invervention (Oral Care Action Plan) posters promoting oral health were developed. This is an example of one of the posters hung in the Long-term Care (LTC) facilities to raise awareness about oral health and to promote our research project.
Information sheets on a number of common oral health problems are included as part of the resource kit. There are information sheets on periodontal disease, gum disease, dental caries and diet, dry mouth, denture care and labeling dentures and several others.
Oral Health Products/Aids
Information on a variety of products & aids available to facilitate the delivery of daily oral care and/or to enhance resident comfort.
During the implementation of the Oral Care Action Plan, the team hygienist visited each of the LTC facilities to deliver 5 different education sessions to staff. The educational sessions were then developed into educational videos.
In the News
- New Resources for Providing Care to Older Adults
Aug. 28, 2013 | Journal of the Canadian Dental Association
- The Inconvenient Tooth: Making room for influential voices to inform research
Jul. 26, 2013 | CIHR - Canadian Institutes for Health Research
- Crane Library Web Pick of the Week: Brushing up on Mouth Care
Oct. 31, 2012 | Crane Library - University of Manitoba
- Brushing Up on Mouth Care - now live on the Best Practices Portal
Sep. 26, 2012 | Public Health Agency of Canada
- Brushing Up on Mouth Care in Long-Term Care
Aug. 1, 2012 | Journal of the Canadian Dental Association
What is this research about?
This research collaboration includes researchers and community partners from three long-term care facilities on Nova Scotia's eastern shore and a variety of stakeholders that include seniors representatives, facility administrators, university and community college educators, primary care providers as well as policy decision makers. Together, we are exploring the broad spectrum of influences on daily mouth care in long-term care and through this research, are establishing a formal process for integrating oral care into organizational policy and practice in four continuing care settings.
What's New - Featured Information
- Dementia & Oral Care - Find care tips and facts on dementia in this Information sheet
- The Oral Health Resource Manual is now available in French!
- "Brushing Up on Mouth Care" Facilitator Guide - View the guide, presentation materials and the training webinar.
"Brushing Up on Mouth Care" Educational video series
The Educational video series is now for sale on the Dalhousie Bookstore website!
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Watch the second video module
Brushing Techniques & Oral Health Products (runs 50:40)
This series of educational videos focuses on personal daily mouth care for older adults. Many older adults experience a decline in physical and mental health as they age. This often leaves them dependant on others to assist them with their personal care needs.
There are five learning modules in this series that relate to various aspects of providing daily mouth care.
- Oral Health Basics
- Brushing Techniques & Oral Health Products
- Considerations for Dementia
- Considerations for Palliative Care
- Oral Health Assessment