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Help build awareness about social isolation and loneliness among older adults

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health is developing guidelines to support health and social service providers to recognize, assess and find ways to help address social isolation and loneliness among older adults in Canada.

We have launched a national survey asking adults who are 65 and older to share their knowledge and insights of social isolation and loneliness. In particular, we are interested in: 

  • Learning whether/how older adults see social isolation and loneliness as a health issue
  • Gauging the awareness of older adults to address experiences of social isolation and loneliness

We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the survey (if you are eligible) and to share it within your organizations and networks. The survey should take 5-7 minutes to complete. It has been approved by the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB).  We would also appreciate it if you could share this message with your friends and colleagues.

The survey data will help inform the guidelines as well as how we share them. Thank you for your consideration.

Survey in English
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New National Long-Term Care Services Standard

Invitation to Read and Share Health Standards Organization’s New National Long-Term Care Services Standard

February 2, 2023

HSO’s recently released new national Long-Term Care Services standard (CAN/HSO 21001:2023 Long-Term Care Services). The standard can be accessed at no fee here: https://healthstandards.org/standard/long-term-care-services-can-hso21001-2023-e.

What We Heard Report #3: Findings from HSO’s Public Engagement in the Development of a New National Long-Term Care Services Standard, which summarizes the feedback received from over 18,800 Canadians throughout the development of the standard. The report can be accessed here: https://longtermcarestandards.ca/engage.

What is HSO?

HSO stands for Health Standards Organization. Formed in February 2017, our goal is to unleash the power and potential of people around the world who share our passion for achieving quality health services for all. We are a registered non-profit headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.

What does that mean?

Our focus is on developing standards, assessment programs and other tools to help care providers do what they do best: save and improve lives. Recognized by the Standards Council of Canada, we are the only Standards Development Organization solely dedicated to health and social services.

Where did HSO come from?

HSO is building on the strength of nearly 60 years of experience by Accreditation Canada, Canada’s leading health care accreditation body.

Improving Quality of Life for Older Adults