An Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care Initiative
People living in Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes are diverse in terms of their ethnicity, language, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, and so on. There is an identified need in the LTC sector to increase awareness, understanding and skills regarding diversity.
Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors (November 2017) identifies Diversity as a guiding principle and states that “Programs and services should recognize this diversity, and be accessible, equitable and culturally appropriate” (p. 12).
The three CLRIs are collaborating on a joint initiative to support diversity in LTC homes by identifying, developing and spreading education and resources, and working with experts to inform diversity across all CLRI activities.
Planned CLRI activities include:
- Building an online repository to share new and existing resources for LTC
- Developing a poster to welcome and encourage diversity in LTC homes
- Updating the Diversity in Action toolkit in partnership with AdvantAge Ontario
- Developing a liaison guide with community supports for LTC homes
Advisory Group Member Organizations
For more information about the Supporting Diversity of Culture program, contact:
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
519-904-0660 ext. 4107
See also: Supporting Indigenous Culture in Long-Term Care
Supporting Cultural Diversity in Long-Term Care Needs Assessment
To help the long-term care sector learn about approaches that other LTC homes have used, and to understand the types of challenges homes have faced, Ontario’s CLRI program spent several months gathering evidence and experiences from around the province. We worked closely with multiple stakeholders and two advisory groups, and conducted a literature review. Our learnings will inform future work around developing tools and resources to support Indigenous culture and cultural diversity in long-term care, and to scale-up existing, successful practices.
Diversity in Action: A Toolkit for Residential Settings for Seniors
Published in 2008, the Diversity in Action toolkit was designed to respond to the comments and requests for support coming from staff, residents and families within residential settings for seniors, who want to learn about and put into action, strategies that welcome diversity within their settings and enable “cultural competence.”
This toolkit is being updated by the CLRI in partnership with AdvantAge Ontario, a new steering committee (to be formed), and the Supporting Diversity in LTC Advisory Group.
A Guide for Planning and Providing Francophone Long-Term Care Services
Published in 2017, this guide is intended for all those involved in planning, advocating for, and providing Francophone health services in Ontario and other provinces. The information and tools are also beneficial for other community and residential care providers serving Francophones as well as services for seniors from other language minority groups. The project was a collaborative effort between the French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario, Entité 4, Reflet Salvéo, Bendale Acres, the City of Toronto and other regional partners.
Multi-Faith Practices: Guidelines for Caregivers
Published by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (2014), this brief and user-friendly multifaith resource was created as a practical guide for all team members in retirement and long-term care settings. The guide provides information on six major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. The guide provides the following information about each religion:
- A brief description of the religion and its major beliefs
- Holy Days, holidays, and ritual observances
- Caring practices during late life or illness
- Rituals and other practices that are important near the end of life
- Sacred texts, scriptures, and prayers that may provide comfort at times of distress or when someone is dying.