Learning Bites

Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA)

March 31, 2016

We have had a number of calls over the past six months asking about individuals diagnosed with MRSA and being treated in their homes instead of a hospital setting. The most common questions are: Can they come home? Do they pose a risk to others? Is the staff at risk? It is understandable that agencies may be concerned with MRSA in the group home setting after hearing about “super bugs” in the news over the past few years, but how worried do you need to be? What is MRSA? Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that causes infections in different parts of the body. The infection is difficult to treat because the bacteria are resistant to commonly...

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Medical Marijuana in the Group Home or Respite Setting

February 24, 2016

We are starting to see an increase in the number of individuals who are prescribed medical marijuana for a variety of conditions. It is important to ensure that staff are informed about the use of medical marijuana and to have policies and procedures in place that safeguard the individual, the agency and your staff.

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Our Journey into the World of Controlled Acts

November 22, 2015

When I stepped into the world of Developmental Services (DS) a little over 12 years ago, I was a new nurse coming from acute care.  I was captured by the impact that community agencies could have on the quality of life of individuals living with special needs.  What began as a stepping stone in my career, turned into a long-term passion and commitment.  I believe in what the Ottawa Rotary Home and other DS agencies stand for, in what we are trying to accomplish, and in the values which guide us.

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