Mental Health Resiliency in Long Term Care – Evaluation
The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging is partnering with Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association on a mental health support program being offered to 50 long term care facilities across Nova Scotia. The project is funded by Healthcare Excellence Canada starting in January 2022 and going through to March 2023. The Association has engaged Pamela MacLean and Serena Lewis from Dallas Mercer Consulting who will be delivering the program. Our Centre’s role is to evaluate the program.
Why evaluate a mental health initiative in long-term care?
It is important to understand if this program has made a difference to staff and organizations within long term care in Nova Scotia and what should be considered when offering a mental health program within the long-term care setting.
This information gathered through the evaluation will be used to inform future programs and contribute to knowledge about best practices for addressing the mental health needs of staff in long term care.
The program has three different components. The evaluation work is tailored to each component. The first offering of the program took place between January and April 2022, with an evaluation component completed. Evaluation results were shared at the Association’s annual general meeting in June. With remaining funding the second offering of the program is being delivered from October 2022 to January 2023. The program includes the three different components but with some variation of activities. An evaluation of the second offering will be completed.