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Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Alliance (QPC - LTC) Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) and Palliative Care Conferences
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Acknowledgements This document was created through research conducted by the Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care (QPC-LTC) Alliance that includes four long term care homes, 30 researchers & knowledge brokers and 50 community organizational partners. We would also like to acknowledge our funders. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) provided funding for the QPC-LTC Alliance research and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded the Knowledge Translation for this project. Please copy and share this document. We would appreciate you referencing the source of this document as Spirituality In-service, Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care, Version 1, . For more information regarding the project please visit or email our team at [email protected]
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Introduction The information in this toolkit is based on current literature and best practices. It is an introduction to the implementation of the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS). Data was collected Creek Way Village, a part of Halton Region, in Burlington, Ontario. This toolkit is a result of the research conducted on the project by Southern Ontario Lead Investigator Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen, Research Coordinator Diane Crawshaw, and Research assistants Emma Brazil, Chloe Schotsman, and Natasha Laroque, for the Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Alliance (QPC-LTC). The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) is a useful tool for measuring the progressive decline of a palliative resident. It has five functional dimen- sions: ambulation, activity level and evidence of disease, self-care, oral in- take, and level of consciousness. To score, there are 11 levels of PPS from 0% to 100% in 10 percent increments. Every decrease in 10% marks a fairly significant decrease in physical function. For example a resident with a score of 0% is deceased and a score of 100% is fully ambulatory and healthy. PPS serves as a way for the interprofessional team to communicate with each other or with residents and families as it can be used as a guide to help in initiating and facilitating conversations about a palliative care or end-of-life care transition. What is the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)?
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Benefits of the PPS x A way to track the decline of a resident 2,3 x Using PPS as the indicator of residents’ prognosis can help in care planning 2,3 x PPS, when explained, can help family members in making tough end-of-life decisions 2,3 x PPS is a good communication tool and a standard reference for healthcare providers to discuss a patient’s condition x PPS can be used not only as a communication tool within the long-term care (LTC) home between professions (ex. Registered staff to PSWs, dietary, and activation therapy) but also across sectors for residents being admitted to LTC or to and from hospital.
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