The Ontario CLRI and Surge Learning Inc. are excited to announce a partnership intended to facilitate and further enhance the ease of access to relevant and valuable educational content to team members in the long-term care (LTC) industry across the province. The content will focus on best practices, as well as priority topics such as clinical nursing leadership, end-of-life care, dementia care, acute deterioration, and much more.
Supervisors, administrators, and educators will be able to easily access and assign high-quality eLearning courses developed by the Ontario CLRI via Surge’s learning management system (LMS) portal, which many LTC homes already have access to. LTC Homes will be able to offer team members a collection of dynamic and interactive courses specific to their care environment.
A catalogue of Ontario CLRI learning opportunities will be available on the Surge platform in Summer 2021. New courses will be made available on a regular basis to continue to meet learners’ needs.
“This collaboration offers team members enjoyable learning opportunities in the platform they already know and use, with content that helps staff be better equipped for their roles and to provide quality care to residents in long-term care.” Sophie Orosz, Manager, Ontario CLRI at Bruyère
“We at Surge Learning are excited about this truly collaborative partnership. Staff in Ontario’s long-term care homes can now easily access a multitude of relevant and meaningful topics offered by our two organizations. These learning opportunities bolster essential skills and support staff in the delivery of quality care to the residents that call long-term care homes, their home.” Tulia Ferreira, President and CEO, Surge Learning Inc.
Current Ontario CLRI eLearning courses include the list below. We are grateful to partners and collaborators who have helped develop and guide these offerings and who are listed on each course page.
Communication at End-of-Life
Clinical Nursing Leadership
Infection Prevention and Control in LTC
Person-Centred Language for team members and for leaders
Show some TLC for LTC by watching and sharing these videos for LTC team members!
The Ontario CLRI at the RIA, Ontario Health (Central), OLTCA, AdvantAge Ontario, OARC and FCO have come together to spread awareness of LTC team members’ mental health in a series of videos from residents and families in LTC. The videos will be shared starting on Bell Let’s Talk Day to leverage the focus on mental health and direct attention to the dedication and hard work of frontline team members in LTC, using the hashtag #TLCforLTC
LTC frontline team members are essential in effectively responding to the pandemic despite their personal and professional challenges related to stress, trauma, and health and wellness. “The mental and emotional stress they endure daily is indescribable,” says Julian Morelli, LTC resident family member featured in one of the videos created for the campaign.
Sharron Cooke, an LTC home resident describes team members as “…the heart and soul of my home.” LTC teams need mental health supports that help them cope during these difficult times and ensures they can be there for their residents.
During this pandemic the Ontario CLRI is working remotely to continue supporting long-term care homes across the province to enhance the health and well-being of team members and residents.
We are aware that COVID-19 presents a significant challenge to LTC homes. There are key stakeholders in the sector already mobilizing to support care homes (see list below) and we are working with them where opportunity arises to collaborate and support.
The Ontario CLRI is also organizing our activities to respond to the change in priorities for LTC homes to help fill gaps that may exist during the pandemic. We have already begun the development and sharing of new and existing resources to support the psychosocial needs of the LTC workforce:
Ontario CLRI continues to collaborate with digital health services that can help alleviate pressures on hospitals during COVID-19. For example, the Ontario CLRI is coordinating with the eConsult Centre of Excellence to promote the new COVID-19 specialty group available for LTC primary care providers to ask both patient-specific and population-based questions.
We recognize this is a developing situation and needs will evolve as the pandemic runs its course; Ontario CLRI is committed to remaining flexible to respond to the needs in the LTC sector as they arise.
The Ontario CLRI is mandated by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care to be a resource for the sector by providing education and sharing research and innovations to enhance the health and well-being of people who live and work in long-term care.