Knowledge Mobilization

The Ontario CLRI connects people to spread and scale ideas, innovations and evidence to enhance quality in long-term care. We engage with long-term care homes and stakeholders to identify, leverage and broadly disseminate our collective knowledge and the implementation of new practices. Since 2012, we have delivered more than 400 presentations and have been active contributors to a range of regional and provincial events.

CLRI Knowledge Mobilization Initiatives

Supporting Indigenous Culture in Long-Term Care

Audience: Long-term care home leadership and team members
The Supporting Indigenous Culture in Long-Term Care initiative supports resident-centred care through the identification and development of culturally appropriate resources that support Indigenous residents in long-term care. This work is guided by a provincial advisory body called the Ontario Caring Advisory Circle.

Supporting Diversity of Culture in Long-Term Care

Audience: Long-term care home leadership and team members
The Supporting Diversity of Culture in Long-Term Care initiative supports resident-centred care through the identification and spread of information and resources that support diversity of language, gender, ability, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation for residents in long-term care. This work is guided by a provincial advisory committee.

Quality Care Webinars

Audience: Long-term care leadership, team members, care partners, families
Webinars, delivered by experts in the field, that focus on key quality of care and life topics to spread and scale innovations and knowledge across the sector.

Choice+ Tools

Audience: Long-term care home leadership and team members
Evidence-based resources (including checklists and online education modules) that improve the mealtime experience for residents in long-term care with a focus on developing relationship-centred practices and enhancing the dining environment.

Multi-Faith Practices: Guidelines for Caregivers

Audience: Long-term care home leadership and team members
The Multi-Faith Practices guide provides a brief description of the major beliefs, holy days, holidays, ritual observances, caring practices and sacred text, scripture or prayers for six major religions including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

Working Together to Put Living First: A Guidebook to Change the Culture of Aging in Long-Term Care

Audience: Long-term care home leadership and team members
A 105-page guidebook that shares inspiration, insights and practical strategies to support long-term care homes to embark on a journey to co-create a better future within long-term and across the culture of aging.

Intergenerational Programming Toolkit

This aims to supports long-term care homes and secondary schools to create meaningful and purposeful secondary school co-op and volunteer placements in long-term care homes. A soon-to-be developed guidebook and suite of resources will support homes in building relationships with secondary schools and establishing successful student placements.

Shared Learning Environments for PSW Education: The Living Classroom Implementation Guide for Colleges and Long-Term Care Homes

Audience: Long-term care home leadership, owners, colleges
The Shared Learning Environments for PSW Education implementation guide reflects the experiences of Schlegel Villages and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in developing, implementing and evaluating their first Living Classroom at the Village of Riverside Glen (Guelph, Ontario) in 2008 and a second Living Classroom at the Schlegel Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging (Waterloo, Ontario) in 2015.

Educators’ Days

Audience: Educators in LTC and academia
Full day train-the-trainer workshops, offered in 3 sites across the province, provide an innovation and networking forum for those who engage staff and students in learning about seniors’ care and long-term care. The goals are to experience innovative educational approaches tailored to this sector, to network with other educators, and to foster a learning network that supports education in seniors’ care. The 2017-2018 theme was: Enhancing Educational Practice Through Innovation.

Arts-Based Learning Train-the-Trainer Workshops and Tools

Audience: Educators in LTC and academia
These workshops and tools are designed to improve educator competency to engage learners in ongoing personal and professional reflection and to scale and spread creative educational practice in LTC through the arts. Workshops may focus on singular or mixed art modalities such as applied theatre, visual thinking strategies, storytelling/narratives, visual arts. Tools such as videos have been created to facilitate adoption and integration of the applied theatre methodology.

Provincial Behavioural Support Rounds

All staff, students and leaders
In collaboration with the TC-LHIN Behaviour Supports for Seniors Program, these monthly (Sept.-June) and multi-sectoral rounds enable front-line healthcare providers across the province to learn about leading practices in the assessment and supportive management of challenging responsive behaviours in individuals living with dementia. Rounds are available via Telehealth and Webcast (webcasts are archived for 1 year).

National Guidelines & Tools for Older Adults: Prevention, Assessment & Treatment of Alcohol, Opioid, Benzodiazepine & Cannabis Use Disorders

All staff, students and leaders
Through a Health Canada grant, the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) has developed evidence-based clinical guidelines, focused on key areas of substance use among seniors. A subset of LTC focused resources will be developed in collaboration with CLRI.

Dementia Resources from Around the World: Baycrest Website for Clients and Caregivers

Residents, Informal Caregivers
This webpage provides access to a selection of the best available senior-friendly web resources on Dementia. It is designed for both individuals experiencing symptoms of the disorder and their caregivers. The selected websites provide information on Dementia including risk factors, sign and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, strategies to cope with daily life challenges and available support groups. The information is available in multiple formats (e.g., video, PDF, pamphlets, games) to make it accessible to everyone. The websites included on the site were evaluated to ensure they provide reliable and valid information on Dementia.

Toolkit for Screening for Depression using Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)

This toolkit is designed as a health professions educational resource for educators seeking to teach healthcare staff and students on using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) to screen older adults for depression in long-term care. Experiential learning techniques include the use of video simulations (found in Education Toolkit Part 2-3) for participants to practice and receive feedback using the screening forms. Slides, handouts and evaluation materials are also included for adaptation and use by the educator.

Toolkit for Screening for Delirium using the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)

This toolkit is designed as a health professions education resource for educators seeking to teach healthcare staff and students on using the CAM to screen older adults for delirium in long-term care. Experiential learning techniques include the use of video simulations (found in Education Toolkit Part 2-3) for participants to practice and receive feedback using the screening forms. Slides, handouts, and evaluation materials are also included for adaptation and use by the educator.

Student Internship Toolkit and Video

This toolkit shares ideas and activities for engaging students in long-term care settings, whether short-term (e.g., clinical placements) or longer-term (e.g., multi-week internships). Internship goals, learning objectives, coordination duties, process flows, planning guidance, themes and activities, and evaluation measures are shared. The purpose of the 6 week summer fellowships is to offer undergraduate health students opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in a long-term teaching home settings. Interns actively participate in small group learning focused on aging, clinical issues in geriatrics and gerontology, evaluation techniques and team competencies. A video was produced by the 2015 interns in collaboration with Tiff Reel Comfort Program to share their reflections on aging and the internship experience.

A Serious Game Kit: Trigger Match: A Game to Foster Team Collaboration in the Care of Persons with Dementia

Trigger Match is a serious game that stimulates team discussion and enhances specific team skills regarding the care of persons with responsive behaviours. The purpose is foster team appreciative inquiry, creativity, team solution-focus, team communication skills and valuing of non-pharmacological interventions in caring for long-term care residents with responsive behaviours related to dementia.

Frail Aging Simulation Toolkit and Videos

This toolkit and videos support educators in creating experiential learning experiences to foster empathy and an improved understanding of the physical changes and social bias often experienced by older adults living with frailty.

Champlain BASE™ eConsult service in early adopting Ontario long-term care homes

The Champlain BASE™ eConsult service connects primary care providers with over 100 specialist groups. This collaboration between the Champlain BASE™ eConsult service team (now a Centre of Excellence) supports the use of the service in long-term care home. This work is guided by an advisory group that is constituted of persons with lived experience and a broad range of long-term care stakeholders.

The Power of Peer Support: Reducing Social Isolation in Residential Care Settings

Support 35 residential care settings in Ontario (30 LTC, 5 retirement home) for successful implementation of Java Group Programs to build community and prevent residents’ isolation. Funded by Canadian Brain Health + Innovation (September 2017-August 2018).

Understanding the Designation Process for Specialized Units in Long-term Care Homes: A Multi-stakeholder Toolkit

CLRI research on Ontario’s designated specialized units produced a peer-reviewed article, several presentations (including a webinar downloadable from the CLRI website), and a multi-stakeholder toolkit, Understanding the Designation Process for Specialized Units in Long-term Care Homes. The CLRI continues to build on this research by contributing through the BSO Behavioural Transition Unit Collaborative, that has produced two reports, Environmental Scan of Ontario’s Behavioural Support Transition Units (BSTUs) (April 2017) and Providing Person & Family- Centred Care within Behavioural Support Transition Units (BSTU): The Critical Elements (May 2018) (both downloadable from the BSO website).

Understanding the Realities of Short-Stay Respite Care in Long-term Care Homes

Report and webinar outlining the findings of an environmental scan about respite beds in long-term care, downloadable from the CLRI website.

Improving Oral Care through Better Assessment and Dental Hygiene Student Placements in Long-Term Care

In collaboration with La Cité, CLRI research validated French translation of Oral Health Assessment tool and explored the possibility of adding photo IDs for the use of PSWs. The CLRI contributed to the development of a dental hygiene placement and Oral Health Best Practice Guideline implementation at Saint-Louis Residence. The French OHAT, a brochure outlining the home’s experiences and the full report on various dental hygiene placement options are available.

Implementing Cycling without Age Program in Ontario’s LTC Homes: The Ottawa Experience

Cycling Without Age is an innovative volunteer-based program that helps seniors stay active and connected with their community. The CLRI contributed to the evaluation of the program implementation at Saint-Louis Residence and developed a brochure and a webinar for long-term care homes interested in implementing the program.