The EDAA has created a Task Force to investigate opportunities and options for the
integration of RDA’s into the health care team within hospitals and long term care facilities to ensure the oral health
of the patients in residence is maintained and is supporting the overall health and progress of the patients.
This Task Force has been asked to prepare a comprehensive proposal for submission to Alberta Health Services on incorporating
RDA’s into the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
EDAA members are invited to provide input to the Task Force
in the following topic areas:
Defining the patient population (elderly patients, patients in ICU etc)
Developing a Role for the RDA in providing daily oral health care to Patients/Residents
in hospitals and long term care facilities.
Identify needs areas in hospital and long term care facilities: Patients or residents unable to perform
their own oral hygiene care and maintain good oral health while in these facilities: Stroke, Spinal, Upper
Limb Injuries, Alzheimer’s, Facial / Mouth / Jaw injuries etc
Address the issue of funding for these services – who will pay? Patients in long term
care and their families have been traditionally responsible for any funds required to provide oral health care for these patients.
Address the issue of integration of
RDA’s in the hospital and long term care facility provision of overall health care.
CONTACT the EDAA Message Centre if you are able to provide the Task Force with information and we will connect you
with the current Chair for this committee. Thank you!