News Release - May 28, 1999
SASKATCHEWAN'S NEW ASSESSMENT SYSTEM IMPROVES THE CARE GIVEN TO LONG-TERM CARE RESIDENTS
Saskatchewan is committed to becoming the first province in Canada to
adopt a province-wide, computerized long-term care assessment system
designed to improve the care given to long-term care residents,
Associate Minister of Health Judy Junor said today.
"This system will improve the ability of caregivers and administrators
to identify and respond to the specific needs of each resident," Junor
said. "By doing so, we can improve the quality of care long-term
Staff ask each resident a series of standardized questions designed to
gather the minimum amount of information needed for a comprehensive
resident assessment. Staff then can create a personalized care plan
for each resident.
Eight health districts, in partnership with Saskatchewan Health, have
been testing the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment and classification
The Prince Albert Health District has served as a pre-pilot district,
and currently is testing the computer software. Once this testing is
complete, the other seven pilot districts, already using MDS manually,
will begin computerization. It is expected that by March 31, 2001 all
32 health districts will be using the Minimum Data Set.
MDS is quickly gaining world-wide recognition as the standard
resident assessment tool for long-term care and will replace
Saskatchewan's current level 1 to 4 patient classification
The province currently is sharing its MDS expertise with
Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
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For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-4088