In-house BSO
Karen Lubianetzky started her career with Jarlette Health Services at Avalon Care Centre in Orangeville in June 2006. Karen worked from 2006 to 2009 with Avalon as a Personal Support Worker. In 2009, Karen accepted the position of Staffing Co-ordinator and worked in this role until 2013. Missing working with the residents and on the floor, Karen applied for and assumed the role of Avalon’s in-house BSO in 2013 and is currently still working in this role. As BSO, Karen is responsible and accountable for conducting assessments and describing interventions with respect to resident responsive behaviors. She develops strategies that focus on prevention and/or reduction of resident responsive behaviors to help both the resident and care-giver. Karen accomplishes this task by providing leadership and supervision to fellow long term care home staff. Karen obtained her certification in DementiAbility in 2016 and has been using and spreading DementiAbility Methods to the staff to help reduce responsive behaviours within the home. Karen co-leads the Antipsychotic Reduction taskforce which has embraced the implementation of DementiAbilty Methods and has resulted in the reduction of antipsychotic use within the home.