The announcement follows pilot projects carried out in three CHSLDs that revealed improved dental care bettered the residents’ quality of life.
The Quebec government announced on Tuesday it will spend $10 million annually to ensure dental care for seniors living in long term care facilities.
The move comes after officials determined that the level of care offered in the centres, known as CHSLDs, was inconsistent, insufficient and, on occasion, nonexistent.
The program is aimed at residents living in public and publicly funded but privately run centres. It calls for collaboration between nurses, caregivers, dentists, denturologists and dental hygienists.
The announcement follows several pilot projects carried out in three CHSLDs that revealed improved dental care bettered the residents’ quality of life.
The program will offer checkups and daily dental health care for all residents, ensure the availability of dental hygiene products and equipment and dental treatments carried out within the centres by dentists and hygienists.