A Collaborative Project between Essity Canada Inc. and Conestoga College’s Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care.

For Immediate Release

Ontario, Canada, July 29, 2020, Essity, makers of the leading brand TENA®, and Conestoga College’s Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care have developed an online module for unregulated care providers (UCPs, i.e. personal support workers and nursing aides) who support nursing home residents. It covers 1) the types, causes and risk factors of incontinence, 2) diagnosis, care planning and care evaluation, 3) continence care product selection, application and removal, and 4) related peri-care and infection control procedures.

he module came to life through a recognized need to address a gap in continence care education. Case-based education provides UCPs with the knowledge and skills needed to provide evidence-informed and person-centred continence care, which generates optimal outcomes at the resident level. The availability of such an educational resource is particularly valuable during times of pandemic, when newly relocated and recruited staff are unfamiliar with personal hygiene procedures.

This project was led by Dr. Veronique Boscart, the Executive Director of the Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care and Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Seniors Care, with support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It is part of a five-year initiative with Essity, as an Industry Sponsor partner, to create technological applications that support capacity building and knowledge dissemination related to optimizing continence care.

Essity is dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals to provide the best possible care with innovative products, programs and education. Providing dignity and quality of life to individuals living with incontinence is at the heart of everything Essity does. With a common vision leading towards better resident care outcomes, Essity and Conestoga’s Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care have worked together to launch a first-of-a-kind educational module to support quality and individualized continence care; a testament to their ongoing commitment to better continence care education.

Building on this collaboration, they have joined forces with the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) and uploaded the online module to the OLTCA’s LINK2LTC site. LINK2LTC is a platform for Association Members to access relevant training, education and support. “I encourage everyone to look at the online module and consider sharing it with team members who could benefit from this education,” says Dr. Boscart. “This module is a great way to learn about best and promising practices in continence care, using real-life scenarios in an online format.”

About Essity

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company. We are dedicated to improving well-being through our products and services. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under the leading global brands TENA® and Tork®, and other strong brands, such as JOBST®, Leukoplast®, Cutimed ®, and more. Essity breaks barriers to well-being and contributes to a healthy, sustainable and circular society. Essity has about 46,000 employees globally with net sales in 2019 at over $13billion. The company’s headquarters is in Stockholm, Sweden, and Canadian office in Oakville, Ontario, and a manufacturing Plant in Drummondville, Quebec. Essity is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.essity.com. We are, where you are, with sales support across Canada.

For more information, please contact:
Angela Douglas
Marketing Director, Canada. Essity, Health and Medical Solutions
Essity Canada Inc.