First Annual Research Day Brings Research and Practice to Life for Research Champions in Long-Term Care HomesPosted Date: June 18, 2014 Posted By: Mary-Lou Van der Horst
It is the inherent curiosity that lives within all of us that fuels research and innovation, and the first Annual Research Day co-hosted by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Schlegel Villages long-term care homes, and the Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation on June 2, 2014 was meant to ignite that curiosity within a range of stakeholders.
“Research Champions” from the 12 Schlegel Villages who spent the day interacting with RIA Researchers, RIA and CLRI staff, residents, and family members were inspired to help carry the message forward that research married with practice is the best possible scenario for reshaping the way care is offered to older adults.
The Research Champions were a diverse group and included personal support workers, nurses, kinesiologists, dietary aides, managers, and others and everyone expressed commitment to bring useable research that improves care back to their LTC Villages. By all accounts, the inaugural event met every expectation and the newly established community of practice of research champions is now carrying that dialogue forward in their everyday work-lives.