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Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Pain can be acute or persistent (chronic) or both at the same time. Unrelieved or poorly managed pain is a burden on the person, the health-care system and society. Chronic pain costs the Canadian health-care system between $47 billion and $60 billion a year - more than HIV, cancer and heart disease combined.

Highland Wood is a non-profit 30-bed long-term care home, and is attached to the Haliburton Highland Health Services in the Central East Local Health Integration Network.

Michelle Douglas, the director of care (DOC) reflected on influenza season as being a difficult time for both residents and families when visitors are limited during an outbreak.

Faith Manor is a 120-bed long-term care (LTC) home in the Central West region. As part of Holland Christian Homes, the home serves mainly the Christian community, and those primarily of Dutch heritage.

Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes are required by legislation to have evidence-based clinical programs. To support the implementation of evidence-informed clinical programs, Shaila Aranha, the LTC best practice coordinator in the Waterloo Wellington (WW) region designed and facilitated Communities of Practice (CoP). A CoP is a group of people with a shared interest who engage together in collective learning to support practice change (Wenger, McDermott & Snyder, 2002).

It is estimated that falls cost the Canadian health system $8.7 billion per year.

Older adults are hospitalized on average 22 days for falls, which exceeds other causes for admission in this population.

Nurses and other health providers have a central role to play in reducing these expenditures by leading and evaluating evidence-based falls prevention initiatives.