New eLearning course on pain and distress management

Posted On: February 27, 2023


The Orientation eLearning courses, created by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA, provide education for new team members during orientation, and for existing team members during their annual training. These scenario-based learning courses ensure that learners have the knowledge and skills needed to assist the people they support and are in line with Ministry of Long-Term Care guidelines. They were developed using evidence-based best practices and adult education principles, in collaboration with subject matter experts and LTC leaders.

Managing Pain and Distress in Long-Term Care is a self-paced Orientation course on pain management that will equip or refresh long-term care team members on the knowledge and skills required to support residents. Pain and distress often indicate a medical condition that requires assessment, intervention, and treatment.  A person can experience pain and distress in different ways including physically, socially, spiritually and psychologically. Our new course can equip clinical and non-clinical team members with the skills and confidence to recognize signs of pain and distress, and develop and implement pain management care plans.


Click here to access the eLearning course for clinical team members

Click here to access the eLearning course for non-clinical team members


This eLearning course, part of the Orientation course series, was developed by the Ontario CLRI at RIA in 2022 with the generous support of Schlegel Villages. We would like to thank the people who contributed to the development and review of content for this course including:

Trisha Wilson, RSW, Performance Improvement Lead, NW Regional Palliative Care Program, Hogarth Riverview Manor LTC, St Joseph’s Care Group

Gwendolyn Cleveland, RN, BScN, MEd, CHPCN(C), Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultant (PPSMC), Community Health Team, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

Tara Moffatt MN, RN, CHPCN, CON, Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultant, Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts, VON Canada

Kim Arquette, Clinical Specialist, Schlegel Villages


About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Academy for Research and Education, Bruyère Research Institute, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy

  • Baycrest logo

    Baycrest Academy for Research and Education is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging.

    Visit Baycrest

  • Bruyère logo

    Maximizing quality of life and helping people stay and return home, Bruyère Research Institute offers a variety of services in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care.

    Visit Bruyère

  • RIA

    The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is an innovation catalyst. By advancing research, education and practice, the RIA enhances quality of life and care for older adults everywhere.

    Visit RIA