The importance of evidence-informed, culturally appropriate palliative care in long-term care (LTC) homes cannot be overstated. Through the All-In Palliative Care Training Program, the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI) team at Bruyere is pioneering a new approach to training interprofessional team members in recognizing palliative care myths, accommodating the needs of those in mourning, and practicing end-of-life communication skills.
A Compassionate Approach
What sets this program apart is that it offers much needed space to team members for reflection and provides tools for a culturally sensitive, team-based palliative approach to care. Confronting experiences of grief, dying, death, and bereavement head on, learners deepen their practical knowledge and report increased understanding of themselves. They are better able to care for residents, their loves ones, and their own team members.
The information and examples were relatable in terms of what is experienced on a daily basis on the frontline in LTC. I liked how the examples drew from 2SLBTQIA+ community, Indigenous community, and the overall content felt inclusive and highly informative. The discussions probed more questions and have created some very valuable discussion among the team members here.
Aligning with Legislation for Better Care
The All-In Palliative Care training program is not just a thoughtful initiative. It is a necessary one. This FREE one-day, virtual education is aligned to the new Fixing Long Term Care Act, 2021 that requires a palliative approach to care be available for all LTC residents.
Committed to enhancing the quality of life and care for residents living in Ontario’s LTC homes by building capacity through training, education, innovation, and knowledge mobilization, the Ontario CLRI has trained over 1500 interprofessional team members from 165 LTC homes through this program since 2021. Accredited by the Canadian Nurses Association, this program doesn’t just impart technical skills. It serves as a catalyst for self-discovery and change.
If you are interested in elevating the level of palliative care in your LTC home, enroll today! Enrollment for the All-In Palliative Care training is open. Interested homes should apply by October 6, 2023. Training takes place in October, November, and December 2023.
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