Documentary Coming Soon! Peer Support Groups in LTC

The Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at Bruyère is thrilled to announce that we are making a short documentary! The film is of course about how peer support group programs are helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation for residents in long-term care (LTC). Thank you to the support of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) for making the creation of this documentary possible!

Volunteers being filmed.

In June, the CLRI and Echo Bay Media videography company visited five LTC homes in Toronto and Ottawa area. All homes are part of our knowledge mobilization project: True Davidson Acres, The Glebe Centre, Osgoode Care Centre, Salvation Army Grace Manor and Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence. The homes greeted us warmly with open arms. We interviewed residents, family members, volunteers and recreation staff who are facilitating the Java Music Club, and Executive Directors. Several of the homes invited us to film their Java Music Clubs in action, which was a joy to see. A heartfelt thank you goes to each team for the enthusiastic and warm welcome they gave to the crew when we rolled up with our huge suitcases!

Several recreation staff shared with us how through their work they are focused on developing individualized resident-centered care plans, and shared the various ways they are empowering residents and helping them to live full lives. The film crew and CLRI also visited Carleton University to interview Dr. Renate Ysseldyk who is conducting research on the cognitive and psychosocial impacts of these peer support groups on residents.  The founder of Java Group Programs, Kristine Theurer, was also interviewed for the documentary, and spoke about the origins of the programs, and the various challenges in long-term care that result in the need for peer support as a model for care.

Stay tuned for the link to the bilingual video, coming this August! If you would like to receive a link to the documentary, please email Michelle Fleming.