Category: Bruyère

Pride Month Resources for LTC Homes

In honour of Pride Month, the Ontario CLRI wants to share some 2SLGBTQI+ resources that can empower long-term care (LTC) homes to create a culture of inclusivity where both residents and team members can thrive regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Our Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Long-Term Care Advisory Committee has been gathering resources since 2017 to support LTC homes in delivering inclusive care to the diverse populations they serve. This resource list was developed in recognition that resident care can be influenced by individual circumstances, including language, ability, race. ethnicity, religion, spirituality. gender identity, gender expression. sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Explore the three featured 2SLGBTQI+ resources below:

Ontario CLRI at Bruyère Welcomes Summer Co-op Students

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère is excited to welcome four co-op students from the University of Ottawa who have joined our team virtually for summer 2021. The students will apply their academic learnings to assist our team on various portfolios including communications at end-life, clinical nursing leadership and diversity and inclusion in LTC.

“We’re excited to have students from various academic backgrounds as it shows there are so many educational pathways into the world of long-term care,” says Zsofia Orosz, manager of the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team.

The students will be working with our team at Bruyère until the end of August when they return to their studies. Please join us in welcoming these four 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 colleges and universities to provide in-person, blended and virtual training for interprofessional teams, as well as student placements and internships.


Meet Our Summer Co-op Students

Industrial Design Grant to Study Long-Term Care Homes

A new study on the design of long-term care homes within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic is launching. Chantal Trudel of Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design is working with investigators from the Bruyère Research Institute and the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère, including Amy Hsu, Frank Knoefel, Zsofia Orosz, Heidi Sveistrup, and Bruce Wallace. The study received nearly $40,000 in funding from the Foundation for Health Environments Research in the United States.

“Good design can and should balance infection prevention and control needs with residents’ quality of life and care needs. No resident wants to see their living space transform from the feeling of home to hospital,” wrote Amy Hsu, Bruyère Research Investigator,  in a recent piece on designing the future of long-term care and retirement homes.

This blog post was originally posted in and is shared with permission from Bruyère, one of three host centres of the Ontario CLRI.

Read the news article

Read more on Bruyère’s blog

 

New eLearning Helps Team Members Learn Palliative and End-of-Life Communication Skills

Transitioning to end-of-life care can be difficult, so it is crucial that long-term care teams develop communication skills to foster therapeutic relationships with residents and their families/friends.

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyere has released three eLearning modules that allows team members to experience communication at end-of-life training from anywhere! The eLearning course will develop or refresh communication skills to provide quality end-of-life and palliative care in long term care homes. The modules include a collection of interactive case scenarios that reflect the unique setting and context of care delivery in long-term care.

This eLearning training aims to replicate pieces of the in-person training. It allows all team members to dispel palliative care myths, learn how to recognize and accommodate the needs of those in mourning, and practice their end-of-life communication skills in three short, scenario-based modules.

Nurturing Intergenerational Connections in LTC Homes During COVID-19

June 1 is Intergenerational Day, celebrated in Canada since 2010*. Last year, it was officially declared in Ottawa (for the first time) by Mayor Jim Watson, thanks to the efforts of iGen Ottawa. Intergenerational Day celebrates the richness of intergenerational relationships.  It encourages connections between people of different age groups to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and encourages age-friendly communities.

 

As an organization with two long-term care homes that on any given day is serving over 1000 older adults, our Ottawa host centre Bruyère is happy to be participating in Intergenerational Day 2020. And this year, as we adjust to the new norm of physical distancing, the opportunity for social connection is more important than ever.

“Bringing older and younger people together provides the opportunity to build connections and strengthen communities. I have seen personally many times the significant joy that young children bring to older adults – it is beautiful to witness!” says Michelle Fleming, knowledge broker at the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère. “In an effort to improve quality of life for residents, many long-term care homes across Ontario have regular opportunities for intergenerational connections – through things like music programs with children and residents together, high school volunteers spending time one-on-one with residents and pen-pal programs. Prior to the pandemic, the team at Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence in Orleans had been in dialogue with iGen Ottawa about the development of an intergenerational garden. The vision was a grassroots initiative, involving children from local schools. We remain hopeful that this initiative will still be possible in the future. Initiatives bringing the generations together offer promise in reducing loneliness and social isolation across our communities.”

As a resource for long-term care homes, the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère has developed a resource summarizing some of the creative ways that long-term care homes can continue intergenerational initiatives  while respecting physical distancing.

Intergenerational Connections for LTC Homes (PDF)

Some of these creative initiatives are being rolled out at Bruyère:

  • Residents at Bruyère’s long-term care homes have been delighted by art made by community children. This art has been posted throughout the homes, provided to residents, put on place mats for resident’s meal trays, and made into banners at the main entrances of each of Bruyère’s campuses. Thank you to two local groups of kids – World Changing Kids and Kid Art with Heart –  for brightening peoples’ day with the colourful art.

 

  • Before the pandemic, the team at Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence, in collaboration with iGen Ottawa, was developing plans for an intergenerational garden. The garden will bring together children and older adults in an inclusive space to learn and grow.  Until we can meet physically, community children have placed painted rocks with messages of hope and encouragement in a ‘Gratitude Garden’ that graces the front entrance of the care home. This rock garden is just the beginning of our Intergenerational Garden and we look forward to seeing it grow in the years ahead.

 

We all have basic human needs to connect with other people and the COVID19 pandemic has reminded us of just how critical that need is. Creative strategies are needed to help keep our generations connected. Initiatives that bring generations together help to reduce loneliness and social isolation across our communities.

On this Intergenerational Day, we encourage you to explore what’s happening in your own community and see if there is an organization that is already working to support residents living in long-term care homes. Take the time to connect with the people in your life of all different ages. Paint some rocks and bring them to a local care home. These ‘little’ acts of kindness strengthen our communities and long-term care homes.

 

*IGen day has been celebrated in Canada since 2010 and was founded by i2i Intergenerational Society and five Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funded student groups from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

We’re Hiring: Engagement and Event Assistant

Engagement and Event Assistant

Competition: 19-BRI-25
Program: Bruyère Research Institute
Position Type: Full-Time, 37.5 hrs/week, 1.0 FTE – Until March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension
Salary Scale: $24.46 – $27.89 per hour, commensurate with experience
Start Date: 2020/01/30 15:00
Closing Date: 2020/02/12 23:59
Job Location: Saint-Louis Residence (Orleans)

 

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) support long-term care (LTC) homes to improve the quality of life and care for residents through building capacity and promoting innovative best practices among LTC homes in Ontario. We engage with people connected with the LTC sector. The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long-Term Care and is hosted by Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto, Bruyère in Ottawa, and Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo.

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère is seeking an experienced, preferably bilingual, Event and Engagement Assistant to support the team in the delivery of projects and outreach activities. These responsibilities include assisting with the implementation of knowledge mobilization activities and events, communicating with a variety of project partners, including long-term care homes, sector stakeholders and the Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest and Schlegel-UW RIA, and drafting outreach documents, integrating comments and disseminating the final documents to different audiences.

This position will require teamwork, flexibility, attention to detail, initiative, creativity, judgment, as well as problem-solving and time management skills to address non-routine tasks. This position is a wonderful opportunity for growth in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. This role will involve some travel in Ontario.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Engagement and Outreach Support – 50%

  • Setting appointments/meetings for multiple stakeholders – with teams in the Ontario CLRI, within the Bruyère Research Institute (BRI), and with LTC sector stakeholders for outreach and knowledge sharing.
  • Preparing, editing and formatting correspondence, communications, presentations and reports.
  • Assisting with the preparation of complex documents (e.g., quarterly/annual reports, strategic plans, communication and marketing materials, including web writing).

Meeting / Event Planning – 30 %

  • Supporting various committees; including scheduling, logistics and AV set-up, agenda preparation, meeting attendance and minute taking.
  • Assisting event planning; including both teleconference meetings and webinars, event promotion, preparation of participant packages, coordination of all logistics.
  • Organizing registration, travel arrangements and accommodations for events and functions.
  • Representing the Ontario CLRI at for sector events through set up and running of an Ontario CLRI vendor booth.

Financial Support – 10%

  • Prepare payment requisitions and other forms for approval and submission.
  • Tracking and/or inputting financial report data as assigned, reconcile accounts each month.
Project Administrative Support – 10%
  • Communicate with stakeholders and project teams, as appropriate, to share and obtain information for project promotion, reporting and other purposes.
  • Assist with research project tasks, such as participant recruitment, data collection, coordinating logistics, literature searches, submissions of grant proposals and manuscripts, tracking of activities.
This job description is not exhaustive. Additional duties may be added as the projects progress.

Qualifications

  • University or college level training preferred.
  • Three or more years relevant experience in event coordination, communications and engagement or research.
  • Comfortable working with numbers. Experience in accounts payable/receivable would be an asset.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project & Publisher) with preference given to candidates with high or advanced skills in Excel.
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented individual with the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines within a high demand environment.
  • Self-directed and able to effectively work both independently and as part of a team (primarily with those based in Ottawa but also with Ontario CLRI teams in Toronto and Waterloo).
  • Experience in data entry and data cleaning.
  • Experience in organizing and supporting events, face-to-face meetings, and conference calls and webinars; scheduling, minute-taking, webinar management.

Desirable Competencies

  • Experience working and/or education and professional development in the long-term care sector.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including the ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment.
  • Ability to communicate in French with internal and external partners.
BRI welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your cover letter and resume to
BRI-HR@bruyere.org
no later than February 12, 2020. 
We thank you for your interest in this position, however; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

We’re Hiring: Knowledge Broker

Knowledge Broker /Project Coordinator

Competition: 19-BRI-24
Program: Bruyère Research Institute
Position Type: Full-Time, 37.5 hrs/week, 1.0 FTE – Until March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension
Salary Scale: $31.84 – $36.30 per hour, commensurate with experience
Start Date: 2020/01/21 12:45
Closing Date: 2020/02/03 23:59
Job Location: Saint-Louis Residence (Orleans)

 

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) build capacity through innovation and collaboration in education, research, and knowledge mobilization. The Program’s goal is to support long-term care homes to improve the quality of life and care for residents through building capacity and promoting innovative best practices. The Ontario CLRI works with stakeholders to support research, develop innovative education, and share resources with LTC homes. We engage with people connected with the LTC sector.

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

The Knowledge Broker / Project Coordinator at the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère will be responsible for developing, implementing and supporting knowledge mobilization activities and for the development and delivery of blended learning opportunities that build on research and evidence-based innovations. These learning opportunities will support sustainable practice change, will be learner-centered and will be tailored to meet the needs of stakeholders in long-term care.

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère Knowledge Broker / Project Coordinator will be responsible for the oversight of day-to-day project development and operations, in collaboration with the CLRI manager and team. These responsibilities include substantial independent communication and coordination with a variety of project partners, including long-term care homes, content experts, eLearning designers and other technical contributors, and the Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest and Schlegel-UW RIA; carrying out project work independently; providing oversight of other staff and the entire financial process (budgeting, forecasting, etc.); synthetizing and disseminating information to different audiences; and proactively connecting with the different users of CLRI tools and training to support their learning and practice change. The successful candidate must be able to exercise judgment, based upon their thorough knowledge of long-term care procedures, guidelines and regulations. This position will require a high level of collaboration and teamwork, and will involve some travel in Ontario.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Project planning and management – 50%

  • Work with the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team to ensure a timely development of project and program deliverables; one focus will be on eLearning opportunities
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of assigned projects with minimal supervision
  • Coordinate logistics for projects, including plans for data collection and analysis, financial planning and tracking, facilitate meetings, establish project schedules, timelines, milestones, contracts and resources

Knowledge Mobilization and Coordination Support – 50 %

  • Develop, implement and evaluate knowledge translation and transfer activities to advance CLRI program goals, particularly around eLearning and blended learning opportunities
  • Coordinate with other Ontario CLRI teams at Baycrest and Schlegel-UW RIA and contribute expertise to joint planning and activities
  • Correspond with external stakeholders and investigators
  • Work with the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team to ensure a timely drafting and submission of publications, presentations and grants
This job description is not exhaustive. Additional duties may be added as the projects progress.

Required Competencies

Undergraduate degree in relevant fields, with experience in areas such as health, (Adult) Education, Communications, implementation research, innovation support, change management, knowledge translation.

  • Experience in training, particularly eLearning, including experience with techniques and methodologies of training needs assessment, program design (curriculum, learning activities, resources, strategies, plans and processes using various learning delivery models including online, blended, hybrid and classroom formats), delivery and evaluation, and demonstrated application of adult learning and eLearning principles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment and with multiple internal and external partners
  • Exceptional communication skills, including written and verbal (in English)
  • 3 years’ relevant project coordination experience

Desirable Competencies

  • Experience working and/or education and professional development in the Long-Term Care environment
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manage overlapping project phases and meet deadlines
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, including the ability to adapt to a dynamic project environment
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality documentation and develop and design training materials for online courses, sessions, programs in accordance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards
  • Ability to communicate in French with internal and external partners

 

BRI welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your cover letter and resume to
BRI-HR@bruyere.org, no later than Monday, February 3, 2020. 
We thank you for your interest in this position, however; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Take Our Kids to Work Day: An experiential learning opportunity

Students pose with team members from Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence during a presentation about occupation therapy.

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, organizations across Canada welcomed high school students for Take Our Kids to Work Day. One of our own host organizations, Bruyère, took advantage of this day to expose teenagers to career in long-term care.

Bruyère welcomed children of employees to one of their long-term care homes, Saint-Louis Residence . The group got the day started with an orientation session and followed up with a visit of the home, during which the students had the opportunity to meet Bruyère’s professionals, to learn more about the employment possibilities in the LTC sector, and to participate in different activities with residents.

Take Our Kids to Work Day highlighted the fact that learning is far from limited to the classroom: It was an enriching day for the teens of Bruyère employees. The Ontario CLRI is proud to be working on this exact concept – experiential learning.

The Ontario CLRI has created Experiential Learning in Long-Term Care: A Guidebook for Building Partnerships Between Secondary Schools and Long-Term Care Homes, which supports LTC homes and secondary schools in establishing meaningful partnerships to create experiential learning placements for students. As a companion to the guidebook, the Ontario CLRI has assembled an Experiential Learning page, which offers additional resources to help plan and implement an experiential learning placement.

Did your LTC home host a Take Our Kids to Work event this year? We would love to hear and share your ideas – email us at info@clri-ltc.ca.

 

 

 

Dignified Holistic Care for Society’s Most Vulnerable

A photo of Melissa Donskov leaving against a wall with an art/scultural piece

Every month the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) are sharing the stories of long-term care homes and the work they do in partnership with the Ontario CLRI.

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If it takes a village to raise a child, the same community approach  might be useful in caring for the needs of senior citizens as they age. Imagine it — a team of clinical professionals, talented health care managers, industrious support services staff, and dedicated volunteers all working together to provide quality, dignified care to some of the community’s most vulnerable members.

A handful of such teams exist across Ontario. For example, Bruyère Continuing Care supports the complex medical needs of the community through evidence-informed care. This bilingual organization was established in 1845 by Mother Élisabeth Bruyère, a Grey Nun of Montréal. Today, this Eastern Ontario-based, Catholic health care organization operates two hospitals, a pair of family medicine centres, two long-term care (LTC) residences, a variety of outpatient and community support services, and its own research institute.

A photo of Melissa Donskov leaving against a wall with an art/scultural piece

Melissa Donskov, Executive Director of Bruyère Continuing Care’s two LTC homes in the Ottawa area. Having the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère embedded at Résidence Saint-Louis in the city’s east end makes for an effective partnership in enhancing the quality of care for LTC residents across the province.
Photo by Brian McCullough

And, oh yes, it also manages Bruyère Village, an innovative clustering of independent and assisted living apartments, villas, and affordable housing overlooking the Ottawa River in Ottawa’s east end. The comprehensive Bruyère Village is designed to meet the needs of an aging population, perhaps before any LTC services are required at the adjacent  Saint-Louis Residence (home to 198 residents), or at the sister home, Élisabeth Bruyère Residence(71 residents) in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market neighbourhood.

The executive director for the two LTC homes is Melissa Donskov, a seasoned Bruyère health care management professional who holds a master’s degree in health administration and an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa. For Donskov, Bruyère’s success is due to residents enjoying a continuous stream of care in the same community of family, friends, and care workers, as residents move through the stages of care services they require as they age. “We work hard to continue the legacy of the Sisters and Catholic health care in providing holistic and dignified care for the most vulnerable in our society,” says Donskov.

The oversight of the structures and initiatives that guide the quality of care, communications, and strategy at the two residences can be demanding, but Donskov still makes time to visit with residents, staff, and families every day. Her physiotherapy background helps Donskov better understand the clinical decision-making and daily challenges the care teams manage.

“We don’t have a large management team, so I like it that I can be hands-on, and see the direct impact of what we are doing.,” explains Donskov. “The nurses and personal support workers work very hard, and we have families who stay on to volunteer, so it’s a big team effort.”

A unique feature of the Saint-Louis Residence is that a team of educators and researchers is work directly in the building. Just down the hallway from Donskov’s office are the offices of the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI), a provincially funded program hosted at Bruyère, Baycrest Health Sciences and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. The Ontario CLRI trains the current and future LTC workforce by creating and evaluating educational resources and leading practices, which are shared with Ontario LTC homes.

As the director of operations for the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère from 2012 to 2016, Donskov saw first-hand the benefits of hosting the Ontario CLRI on-site and how effective the partnership could be in developing projects aimed at enhancing the quality of care for LTC residents.

Ontario is a bit of a front-runner when it comes to the teaching nursing home model,” says Donskov. “The Ontario CLRI has a provincial mandate, but because their Bruyère team is embedded here in Saint-Louis Residence, we are a perfect pilot zone for many of their initiatives.”

One of the big initiatives Donskov says she will be rolling out over the next year is “focused rounding.” These regular, structured and proactive check-ins with residents can help to detect any pain and other clinical needs early. The check-ins can also help residents feel their needs are being met. Early results are very promising: better interaction between staff and residents means the call bells are ringing less often.

“We are caring for residents whose needs are becoming more complex and acute,” Donskov says. “The way we did things 10 years ago, and even the status quo, aren’t good enough. We need to continue to push the envelope, and I am hugely grateful for the help that the Ontario CLRI provides to Bruyère by sharing evidence-informed practices and experiences.”

Through the Ontario CLRI, the provincial government is advancing the quality of care all across Ontario’s LTC sector.

“Our challenges are similar to everybody else’s, so if they can understand our problems, they can also help other long-term care homes tailor their approach and initiatives. There’s nice synergy. I love coming to work because I know that what we are doing is making a difference.”