SALTY (Seniors Adding Life to Years) is a four-year multidisciplinary, multi-sector program developed by a team of researchers, clinicians, knowledge users, caregivers and trainees from across Canada. SALTY aims to improve the experience of the final years in long term care for older adults, their families and care providers. The program has four streams. TREC is part of the SALTY team and is responsible for Stream 1.
Stream 1 aims to develop an approach that enables researchers, policy makers and care facilities to validly and reliably measure quality of end of life care in nursing homes on an ongoing basis.
Burdensome symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, and depression are common in nursing home residents at the end of life. Yet, these symptoms can be prevented or treated. Nursing home residents also often experience avoidable care practices such as hospital transitions, physical restraints or antipsychotic medications with no indication.