Matt White is a physiotherapist who has successfully integrated PT services into an interdisciplinary wound care team (committee) within long-term care (LTC) in Ontario. In this interactive webinar, Matt will provide practical implementation strategies and recommendations for physiotherapists working in long term care homes in Ontario who are interested or already involved in improving the quality of care and health care outcomes of people at high risk of, or living with, open skin wounds. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and learn practical solutions for integrating PT wound care services into LTC. Potential applications to other sectors (hospital, home care) will be discussed.
Highlight the skills, knowledge and competencies of PTs working in LTC with respect to reducing the occurrence, or facilitating healing of various types of wounds.
Provide key resources and practical recommendations to support PT advocacy for their involvement on skin health teams (e.g. best practice guidelines, health quality standards).
Discuss challenges that participants have encountered when working in LTC in Ontario and provide useful tips on how to promote practice change and integrate PT services within LTC culture.
Matt received his Master of Physiotherapy and Master of Education from Western University. He has been providing physiotherapy services in long-term care (LTC) and in the community for a combined ten years. He is involved at his LTC sites with wound care through seating/mobility as an ADP Authorizer and delivery of E-Stim treatment having trained with Dr. Houghton. Matt has worked with LTC facility teams on the development of procedures and processes for successful E-Stim delivery, and recognizing the integral role the physiotherapist plays in wound care. He is a member of the National E-Stim and Wound Care Implementation Committee and a member of the OPA Governance Committee.