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May 24, 2019
Woodingford Lodge awarded Best Practice Spotlight Organization designation

After a three-year process, Woodingford Lodge is now one of only 22 long-term care residences to receive the designation in Ontario

Oxford County’s Woodingford Lodge has become one of only 22 long-term care organizations in Ontario to be designated a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s (RNAO). The designation, which took three years to achieve, was pursued as a result of efforts by Woodingford Lodge staff to find ways to improve the quality of life for residents.

The designation is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on resident care through the systematic implementation of evidence-based best practices. In order to achieve the BPSO designation, Woodingford Lodge chose to implement best practice guidelines in three areas: person and family centred care; preventing and addressing abuse and neglect of older adults; and assessment and management of pain.

Additionally, Woodingford Lodge also worked to develop and train more than 20 per cent of staff across all disciplines to become Best Practice Champions. The Champions attended education sessions in evidence-based best practice guidelines, implementation strategies and leadership skills to apply in their daily practices. They are also involved in projects that promote and help raise awareness of the initiatives being implemented.

To monitor the success of new initiatives implemented for residents through the BPSO program, a “report card” evaluation tool was created for both residents and staff to complete every six months.



Judy Esseltine, project nurse/BPSO liaison, Woodingford Lodge

“Empowering staff to advocate for residents’ wishes and encouraging residents to tell us what they need is what enables Woodingford to provide the standard of care we aspire to: high-quality care that is focused on the needs of residents and their families. Receiving the Best Practice Spotlight Organization designation helps to support this standard of care by putting into place best practices and initiatives that result in positive and lasting changes in the culture of our homes.”


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Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



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