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Ontario CLRI at Baycrest Welcomes Innovation and Aging Internship Students

Our team at the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest is thrilled to welcome 10 post-secondary students from various health professions across Ontario. They will be the first group of interns to work virtually with us for summer 2021. This internship provides interns the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the gerontological field. Students will participate in small group learning focused on aging, clinical issues in gerontology, and interprofessional skills.

“We’re excited to share experiences with the students of what it’s like to live and work in long-term care. Fostering positive experiences paves the way for students seeking careers in long-term care,” says Raquel Meyer, manager of the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest team.

The first cohort of students will be at Baycrest until the end of June when most will return to their studies. Please join us in welcoming these 10 exceptional students!

The Ontario CLRI develops, delivers and evaluates educational resources and programs to train the current and future LTC workforce. We build on partnerships with homes, colleges and universities to provide in-person, blended and virtual training for interprofessional teams, as well as student placements and internships.

Meet some of the Innovation and Aging Interns!


LTC Leaders: why send educators to the Specialized Educator Certificate in LTC?

Educators in the 600+ Ontario long-term care homes represent a wide variety of disciplines, knowledge, skill, experiences and credentials. Often, educators lack resources in terms of time and money to devote to their own professional development due to the urgent and ongoing nature of demands on the job.

This is a chance for your educators to access free learning that fits easily into their existing work schedule to enhance their skill set on adult education best practices and innovative educational approaches as applied specifically to the long-term care sector.

The Educator Certificate will improve your organization and the teams and individuals you work with:

  • See education build up your teams instead of patch up your teams
  • See education used where it can have an impact
  • Optimize your educational resources to build team resilience and engagement in change processes and innovation
  • Redirect your educational resources to function as proactive tools

Level 1 begins September 2021: Learn who is eligible and how to apply


Now Available: Orientation for Teams Redeployed to LTC

Chart showing the learning outcomes based on the varrying positions of redepolyedteam members coming into long-term care homes from hospitals.

The above shows the learning competencies of the carrying positions that redeployed hospital team members will fill in long-term care homes. Click the above to download the PDF version.

The rapid rise and severity of COVID-19 cases in long-term care (LTC) has led to the urgent redeployment of health professionals to LTC environments. The Ontario COVID-19 Education Task Force, in partnership with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) and the Baycrest Centre for Education, developed an LTC section on, an online learning management system to support upskilling for health-care workers being redeployed for COVID-19 care.

Please share this resource with incoming team members who are new to the LTC environment. These materials facilitate redeployment to a team-based model of care quickly and safely in LTC homes, and support team members to bridge their knowledge from current practice to the requirements to care for COVID-19 and other residents.

Please download the official announcement (PDF) and FAQ (PDF) for instructions. Use the confidential access code sent via email to our subscribers (or email for a code).

Please note that the learning platform is only available to Ontario organizations at this time. The site will continue to be updated with skills education for more roles in LTC. Your feedback on these roles and the skills covered is welcome and can be sent to

The educational resources for the LTC section of were developed by a highly skilled and collaborative team of educational experts, clinicians, and academics. Multiple public-facing resources from organizations were used to create this resource, such as those from Baycrest, Bruyère, George Brown College, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, and Surge Learning.

For more information, please contact Maria Tassone, COVID-19 Provincial Education Task Force Chair at

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Tools for LTC Educators to Use Applied Theatre in Training

A group of women in a room work together to hold sticks in the air

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) are excited to introduce a series of three videos called #theatregamesin90seconds, a short version of applied theatre training in fun and easy-to-learn videos.

The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest developed the applied theatre approach in 2013 to train LTC staff  on the harder-to-reach skills crucial to resident quality of life and care: non-verbal communication, empathy, and awareness of self. The new, 90-second videos explain one game at a time and give ideas for debriefing with your group. The videos allow LTC educators of any experience level to incorporate theatre games in to their set training approach.

“The theatre games videos were created in response to feedback from interested educators about the need for ‘bite size’ learning opportunities that could be viewed in a simple and quick format from any device at any time,” explains Melissa Tafler, interprofessional arts-based learning specialist with the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest. “We’ve heard that educators have used exercises before or during team huddles and management meetings to get staff to get to know each other and to explore sensitive topics in a safer way.”

Watch the three videos, Penguin, Hypnosis, and The Great Game today!

ECHO® Care of the Elderly

Baycrest, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre and in collaboration with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, is excited to announce the third cycle of “Project ECHO® Care of the Elderly (ECHO COE)”, a telehealth program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through weekly 60-minute videoconference sessions. This cycle will focus on Long-Term Care.        


What is Project ECHO®?

Project ECHO, which stands for Extension of Community Health Outcomes, was created by Dr. Sanjeev Arora at the University of New Mexico. Project ECHO follows a ‘Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ model of knowledge dissemination and capacity building, which aims to exchange knowledge between academic health science centres (the “Hubs”) and the frontline of community care partners (the ”Spokes”). It relies on the flow of knowledge in multiple directions: from experts to primary care providers; between primary care providers; and from primary care providers to experts. This model is appropriate for physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers and has been successfully replicated throughout the United States, Canada and globally.

Each ECHO COE Long-Term Care session will include a short presentation by specialists on specific topics of interest relevant to care of older adults in LTC, followed by cases presented by the learning partners (spokes). Feedback and recommendations are provided by the Hub team as well as the other learning partners.


Who can be a Learning Partner?

Any primary care providers working in Long-Term Care, either individually or as a team, who want to expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of older adults, can become a learning partner. Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and/or any other healthcare professionals are welcome to join. Priority will be given to Long-Term Care homes where both the team and physician apply. Physicians do not need to be present at the LTC home as they can access each session through our free internet-based video conference system from wherever they are (e.g., office).


When will ECHO COE run?

ECHO COE LTC  runs for 10 sessions, weekly. Learning partners are expected to participate in a minimum of 80% of the 12 ECHO COE LTC sessions and be willing to present a case during the cycle.


Do I need special equipment?

No special equipment is required to participate. You need an internet connection and a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will be given access to the free internet-based video conference system through a link.


Is this being evaluated?

Yes. Your feedback is important to us. In order to improve the program, the ECHO COE team is evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of the ECHO Care of the Elderly program, to enable primary care providers’ skills and capacity in the care of older adults. In addition to attending ECHO COE LTC sessions, learning partners will be asked to provide feedback on their experience via questionnaires and qualitative interviews/focus groups at various times throughout the program.


Does it cost anything to participate?

No, this project is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and does not require any payment from participants. Furthermore, the project is fully accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME), so participants receive CME credits at no cost.


How can I sign up?

You can apply on the ECHO website.

Please note that completing the application form does not guarantee enrollment; priority will be given to Long-Term Care homes where both the team and physician apply.


For more information

If you have any questions about the ECHO COE LTC and the commitments about being a learning partner, please email

For more information on E CHO Care of the Elderly, visit:

For more information on Project ECHO New Mexico, visit:

For more information on ECHO programs in Ontario, visit: