Category: Research Institute for Aging

New eLearning course on mandatory reporting and whistle-blowing!

New eLearning course on mandatory reporting and whistle-blowing!

Enhance your team’s knowledge of mandatory reporting and whistle-blowing with our new Orientation eLearning course!

The Ontario CLRI at the RIA has launched an engaging new eLearning Course, Mandatory Reporting and Whistle-blowing. Aligned with the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, this course equips team members, volunteers, and essential caregivers with knowledge and skills relating to raising concerns in situations of resident abuse.

Throughout this course, learners will explore their obligation to report certain specific matters immediately as they care for residents from a position of power and trust. By taking this course, team members will learn the importance of reporting and raising concerns in situations of abuse, neglect, or wrong doing to ensure the safety of residents. Team members will also learn what whistle-blowing is, when whistle-blowing is required, and what protection the Fixing Long-Term Care Act provides for whistle-blowers. This course is available at no cost!

With this course, learners will explore and respond to real-life situations shared by residents living in long-term care across Ontario.

Take the course today!

 


 

This eLearning course, part of the Orientation course series, was developed by the Ontario CLRI at RIA in 2023 with the generous support of Schlegel Villages. We would like to thank the people who contributed to the development and review of content for this course including:

  • Sherri Toleff, Director of Care, Fairview Seniors Community
  • Jaimie Killingbeck, Associate Vice President, Quality & Innovation, Schlegel Villages
  • Pam Wiebe, Quality Specialist, Schlegel Villages

 

Celebrating over 15,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

We’ve reached over 15,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

We have reached a new milestone in the Person-Centred Language (PCL) initiative. As of September, 26 2023 , 15,006  health care providers and persons with lived experience have committed to changing the way we interact with and refer to people living with dementia and other complex mental health conditions. Thank you to everyone who reviewed our commitment statements posters, signed our pledge, and encouraged colleagues, co-residents, family and friends to do the same.

Enhance student skills and knowledge in resident nutrition

 

Calling all post-secondary education institutions! You can offer your students new skills and knowledge in resident nutrition by incorporating our new Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) Lesson Plan into your curriculum!

The Ontario CLRI at the RIA is excited to introduce the NiD Lesson Plan aimed at educating the next generation of Food Service team members on the health and wellness of residents living in long-term care.

Our Lesson Plan is designed specifically to support instructors in preparing students to excel in bringing delicious, nutrient-dense foods to long-term care homes.

The NiD Lesson Plan has short videos, customizable assignments, and valuable resources to support instructors in teaching students about resident health and wellness.

Bring the NiD Lesson Plan to your class today!

New eLearning Course on Respecting and Promoting Resident Rights

Enhance your team’s knowledge of respecting and promoting resident rights with our new Orientation eLearning course!

The Ontario CLRI at the RIA is pleased to announce a new eLearning Course, Respecting and Promoting Residents Rights in Long-Term Care. Aligned with the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, this course helps team members, volunteers and essential caregivers with knowledge and skills on resident rights.

Throughout this course, learners will explore how to promote and respect resident rights, while creating an environment where residents feel at home, are treated with respect, and have the support they need to thrive. This course is available at no cost and is aligned with MoLTC training requirements.

With this course, learners will immerse themselves in an interactive care setting that incorporates real-life situations shared by residents living in long-term care across Ontario.

Take the course today! 

 


 

This eLearning course, part of the Orientation course series, was developed by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA in 2023 with the generous support of Schlegel Villages, in collaboration with Ontario Association for Residents’ Councils (OARC). We would like to thank the people who contributed to the development and review of content for this course including:

  • Gale Ramsden, Perley Health
  • Jim Gilhuly, Sunnyside Home
  • Devora Greenspon, Extendicare Bayview
  • Stephanie Ventura, Education and Community Engagement Manager, Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils
  • Vanda Koukounakis, VP Support Office Services, Schlegel Villages
  • Pam Wiebe, Quality Specialist, Schlegel Villages

Boost Your Team’s Confidence in Resident Interactions

 

When residents turn to your team members for assistance, company, or support, are they equipped to respond knowledgeably?

Boost your Environmental Services team’s proficiency and ability to interact and support residents with our new activity! This open access activity can also be beneficial as a refresher for family members and care team members.

Environmental Services team members, working in maintenance, laundry, and housekeeping, play a crucial role in ensuring LTC homes are clean, safe, and comfortable. While working in areas such as dining rooms, bedrooms, and common areas, they frequently interact with residents living with dementia or other complex, chronic health conditions. Our activity will increase team members’ confidence while navigating resident interaction scenarios in LTC by providing tested strategies and approaches.

Exceptional care starts by making sure every team member has the right skill set and knowledge. Enhance your Environmental Services team’s impact through this FREE activity offered by the Ontario CLRI at RIA!

This interactive activity explores seven resident interaction scenarios team members commonly encounter in a real-world care environment and suggestions on how to respond.

Take this 7-minute activity today! Find the eLearning activity here.

 


 

Scenarios and responses in this activity were developed in consultation with team members working in real world care settings. Thank you to Schlegel Villages University Gates and Aramark for their contributions to this eLearning activity.

New Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) Recipes and Resources Package available for download

The Ontario CLRI at RIA is excited to share that the new Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) Recipes and Resources package is available for download, and is available in English and in French!

In this package, you will find different recipe options for texture modification. The recipes available were also approved by residents in a taste-test based on appearance, flavour, texture and likelihood they would eat it again!

This package also includes other nutrition resources to help with scaling and taste- testing that your long-term care home can use.

New IPAC eLearning course released

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on infection prevention and control (IPAC) in Ontario’s long-term care (LTC) homes. In Spring 2021, the Ontario CLRI at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) released an IPAC resource page and eLearning series. Now we have added to the eLearning series with a new course: IPAC While Infection Prevention and Control While Supporting Residents Living with Dementia

“Our eLearning courses are based on situations that team members encounter in their work,” says Audra Thompson-Haile, Interim Director for the Ontario CLRI at the RIA. “This eLearning helps team members and essential care partners transfer IPAC knowledge to the care they provide.”

The new eLearning course focuses on using IPAC best practices while assisting residents living with dementia. It applies a person-centred, strengths-based approach to situations including meeting a resident’s needs while they are in isolation, assisting a resident to stay in their isolation area, administering a nasal swab, and assisting a resident with effective hand-washing.

With the IPAC resource page and eLearning series, learners will be able to apply their IPAC knowledge and skills to specific scenarios in LTC homes and situations encountered in the community.

 

Here are the eLearning courses that we have available for our IPAC series:
  1. Break the Chain of Transmission: IPAC Core Concepts and Practices (prerequisite for the other courses in the IPAC eLearning series) – Also in French!
    • Types of Transmission and the Chain of Transmission
    • Additional Precautions and Routine Practices in Long-term Care
    • Applying Best Practices for Hand Hygiene and PPE
  2. IPAC While Supporting Residents at Mealtime – Also in French!
  3. IPAC While Travelling To and From an LTC Home – Also in French!
  4. IPAC While Administering Medication
  5. IPAC While Supporting Residents with Personal Care: Peri-Care, Continence Care and Using the Toilet
  6. IPAC While Supporting Residents  with Personal Care: Bathing, Dressing, and Grooming
  7. IPAC While Supporting Residents Living with Dementia

Courses 1-6 are also available in French, while course 7 will also soon be released in French.

Visit the IPAC in LTC page.

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The IPAC in LTC courses and training materials have been developed by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA in collaboration with an expert panel of IPAC specialists working in LTC and an advisory panel of LTC team members, essential care partners, and The Ontario Caregiver Organization.

New eLearning course on pain and distress management

 

The Orientation eLearning courses, created by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA, provide education for new team members during orientation, and for existing team members during their annual training. These scenario-based learning courses ensure that learners have the knowledge and skills needed to assist the people they support and are in line with Ministry of Long-Term Care guidelines. They were developed using evidence-based best practices and adult education principles, in collaboration with subject matter experts and LTC leaders.

Managing Pain and Distress in Long-Term Care is a self-paced Orientation course on pain management that will equip or refresh long-term care team members on the knowledge and skills required to support residents. Pain and distress often indicate a medical condition that requires assessment, intervention, and treatment.  A person can experience pain and distress in different ways including physically, socially, spiritually and psychologically. Our new course can equip clinical and non-clinical team members with the skills and confidence to recognize signs of pain and distress, and develop and implement pain management care plans.

 

Click here to access the eLearning course for clinical team members

Click here to access the eLearning course for non-clinical team members

 


This eLearning course, part of the Orientation course series, was developed by the Ontario CLRI at RIA in 2022 with the generous support of Schlegel Villages. We would like to thank the people who contributed to the development and review of content for this course including:

Trisha Wilson, RSW, Performance Improvement Lead, NW Regional Palliative Care Program, Hogarth Riverview Manor LTC, St Joseph’s Care Group

Gwendolyn Cleveland, RN, BScN, MEd, CHPCN(C), Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultant (PPSMC), Community Health Team, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

Tara Moffatt MN, RN, CHPCN, CON, Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultant, Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts, VON Canada

Kim Arquette, Clinical Specialist, Schlegel Villages

 

Achieve your EDI goals with the 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Calendar!

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyere and the Ontario CLRI at RIA is excited to share the 2023 print Diversity and Inclusion Calendar. Our print calendars are available in English, and for the first time ever, in French!

The calendar features religious and spiritual days of significance, cultural celebrations, awareness days and health promotion days. Learning about the many cultures, religions and days of significance is fundamental to inclusion, and this calendar can help you achieve your EDI goals in your home.

Take some time to explore the dates within the calendar! Staying aware of these days and scheduling activities around them will help you create an inclusive home, 365 days a year. You can also follow the links to learn more about each date in our digital version.

This calendar has been developed as a resource for LTC teams to demonstrate commitment to honouring and celebrating diverse communities, cultures and faiths of those who live, visit and work in LTC homes.

We have been hearing from a number of organizations, including LTC homes and hospitals that are using the calendar regularly to support their planning, their learning, and it is helping to guide their communications both internally and externally about days of significance.

“At the City of Toronto, Seniors Services and Long-Term Care utilize the CLRI Diversity Calendar alongside the Days of Significance Calendar for the Toronto Public Service to advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion when communicating to stakeholders, in divisional communication and when planning resident and client focused events and celebrations. We have very diverse LTC residents, community-based programs clients and staff members, and these tools are helping us support divisional initiatives such as the Confronting Anti-Black Racism in the Workplace Action Plan, Indigenous Cultural Competency and Advancing the Truth & Reconciliation Action Plan, and Leading & Learning with Pride: A Tool Kit, Video, and Campaign to enhance support for 2SLGBTQI+ Seniors.”

Jennifer Dockery, General Manager, City of Toronto, Seniors Services and Long-Term Care

Click here for the printable English calendars.

Click here for the printable French calendars.

New recipes for LTC homes are now available!

We’re excited to announce that our Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) team has added 17 new, delicious recipes to our NiD Recipes for Long-Term Care Homes resource, expanding our selection of recipes to 25!

From mouth watering desserts and sweet treats like bran choco chip cookies and orange creamsicles, to warm, hearty dishes like lasagna and soups, there is a nutritious meal here that you and residents in your home will enjoy and love.

These recipes are available at no-cost for families, care partners, food service team members, and others in LTC who assist with menu planning to add to your LTC home’s menu and eating programs. Each recipe is packed with nutrients to support residents’ health. 

Recipes are vetted by a dietitian, designed to be cost-efficient for LTC home budgets, and even resident-approved for taste, flavour, texture and appearance. You can download the recipes in PDF and in an editable Word format for your home’s customization.

Click here to view all of our recipes

 

Nutrition in Disguise 

The Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) project focuses on creating nutrient-dense recipes by adding healthy ingredients to common foods that LTC residents already enjoy.

Visit our Nutrition in Disguise page for additional resources and to learn more about this project.

 

Acknowledgments

The Nutrition in Disguise resources are made available through the Ontario CLRI at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). These resources are based on research completed by the RIA, the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, in partnership with Schlegel Villages. This research was made possible with the generosity of George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited.