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Diversity forum resources are now available!


(alt="")This April, the Ontario CLRI Supporting Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosted our virtual forum: Allied for Inclusivity in LTC: A Forum to Build Connections.

Whether you couldn’t attend, or did and just want to view it all again, we have a recorded version now available for your viewing pleasure! In addition to this, we’ve made available a key learnings PDF to highlight some of the main points from the forum.

The recording includes presentations from four Ontario LTC homes on EDI initiatives being implemented in their homes, EDI researchers sharing findings and a powerful opening keynote address from Erin Beckwell!

Check out the full resource for the forum on equity, diversity and inclusion!

What do nursing students think about long-term care?

What do nursing students think about long-term care? What do LTC homes do to welcome students and offer them a well-rounded placement experience that ensures that they meet their learning objectives and fall in love with the sector?

These are some of the questions that the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère team has been exploring for many years through different avenues.

The most recent stepping stone along the path of exploration came in the form of a rapid review of the literature, entitled: Evidence to support better clinical placements for nurses in long-term care: A rapid overview of reviews. Commissioned by a research team at St. Lawrence College led by Valerie Fiset, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Nursing, the authors of the rapid review described literature focused on nursing clinical placements in LTC settings. Authors of the review also drilled into a very specific area of the literature by combining critical keywords: nursing students (BScN or Practical Nursing) + LTC settings + any educational intervention, such as teaching strategies/activities or other work-study experience, that aimed to improve students’ experience and enhance their interest to work in geriatric care.

The review identified promising strategies for supporting students during their clinical placements. These strategies are related to orientation, effective supervision, and an increased curriculum focus on geriatric care. A close and dynamic partnership between nursing institutions and LTC organizations was highlighted as critical. These findings will support the research team as they develop surveys and conduct interviews with nursing students and the findings will also inform work at the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère.

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère has been collaborating with St. Lawrence College since 2021 on the Nurturing Nursing Students in Long-Term Care (LTC) project. This mixed-methods study aims to develop an understanding of nursing student clinical placements in LTC homes in Eastern Ontario. The Rapid Review is one element of the project, and other elements of the environmental scan include consulting with clinical instructors and interviewing St. Lawrence nursing students. The project is scheduled to wrap up in December 2022 and will result in the creation of a novel model of clinical placements for the LTC sector

The Rapid Review was completed by Elizabeth Ghogomu, Sierra Dowling, and Vivian Welch of the Bruyère Rapid Review team (BERG), at the Bruyère Research Institute. Please connect with us by sending an email to if you want to receive a full copy of the report or to learn more about the Nurturing Nursing Students project or about previous Ontario CLRI activities related to understanding and enhancing nursing students’ experiences in LTC.

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.

Specialized Educator Certificate in LTC (SECL) allows LTC educators to upgrade their skills through experiential learning while building a network of collaborative peers via three levels (Best Practices, Intermediate and Advanced).

I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the [SECL] course. Initially, I had some trepidation about the gaming part, but was excited for the content. […] The experience was affirming, stretching and confidence-building. You are such supportive educators – nudging us to look at issues in new ways, to creatively approach the art of facilitation and to appreciate what learners bring to the ‘stage’. – SECL Participant

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

  • See education build up your teams instead of patching 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 One begins September 2022: Learn who is eligible and how to apply


Note: This video contains some details specific to the Fall 2021 session of the Educator Certificate. See the SECL event page for details on Fall 2022.

Residents’ Voices – OARC needs your help!


The Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC) has launched a survey to explore the current needs of Residents’ Councils and learn more about how residents are involved in their long-term care homes. In addition to hearing directly from residents, OARC is seeking the invaluable feedback of those who directly support and enable Residents’ Councils in every home. Results from the survey will be used to inform OARC’s supportive approach and future education offerings.

This survey is resident-focused, and open to:

  • All residents (including those who do not attend Residents’ Council meetings)
  • Residents’ Council Assistants
  • Administrators/Executive Directors

The assistance of family care partners, team members and volunteers is sincerely appreciated to ensure that every resident who wishes to complete a survey is supported to do so.  OARC’s survey will be live until June 20th, 2022 and each entry will be eligible to win a $50 gift card prize.

Complete your survey online here.  Printable survey version available here.

Requests to complete a survey over the phone may be directed to OARC team member Chloe Lee at 1-800-532-0201 ext. 290 or by email

Promotional posters to post in your long-term care home available here.

Additional information about our survey can be found in our recent bulletin.

English Survey

French Survey

New Careers in LTC Videos

The Ontario CLRI at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging has launched new career videos to supplement our LTC career profile web pages. These videos are intended for students, educators, and anyone interested in pursuing a career in LTC, where you can build lasting and meaningful relationships with residents and have a fulfilling career.

Why work in LTC?
  • It is a chance to create meaningful relationships
  • You are making a difference in someone’s life every day
  • Jobs are high in demand
  • There are opportunities for further learning and development for upward mobility or moving into other roles
  • A chance to work with people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences

We know there is a need for more resources to profile career options in long-term care to the younger generations. These videos will help educate students and job seekers about various careers within LTC.

What careers are featured?

These new career videos cover careers in LTC in areas beyond those traditionally associated with the sector:

  • Social work
  • Housekeeping
  • Physiotherapy
  • Food services

You can view the new videos on YouTube or on the LTC career profile pages for each corresponding career option.
We will be adding a music therapy career profile shortly, and you can watch the music therapy video here!
Our career videos have received thousands of views and we hope will continue to spotlight opportunities in LTC to the future workforce!

Have you thanked your Social Worker today?


Did you know that March is National Social Work Month? This week is also Social Work Week (March 7-13). Let’s take this chance to highlight the significant role that social workers play in long-term care (LTC) homes and honour the contributions they make in supporting residents and their families and friends.

What is the social work role in long-term care? Social workers practice collaboratively within the interdisciplinary team in LTC. The primary mandate of social workers in LTC is to advocate on behalf of residents and their families. Social Work practice emphasizes building on a person’s strengths to support the maximal quality of life.

Social workers in LTC:

  • have expertise in the psychosocial aspects of care
  • provide support to residents and their families through the transition of moving into the LTC home, complete social histories and psychosocial assessments
  • assist with mediation and conflict resolution as issues arise
  • participate in care planning
  • locate and arrange for resources
  • share the responsibility for the education of residents, families and colleagues. [1]

In honour of Social Work Week and Month, we took the opportunity to explore with members of the SW and SSW in LTC Community of Practice their own reflections on their practice and role in LTC. It’s apparent that social workers (SW) and social service workers (SSW) are an integral part of the team in LTC.

“SW skills are not as visible as what other team members show in day-to-day like prescribing medication, transferring residents. This makes it hard for others to appreciate our skills,” says Gladys, a Social Worker at an Ontario LTC Home. “I wish others can learn to appreciate our skills and see the important role that we play in a multidisciplinary team, no less than any other disciplines.”

When asked what she loves about her role in LTC, Maja, an SSW at an Ontario LTC Home responded, “I love being an SSW for having the opportunity to meet and engage with so many different people on a daily basis.  It’s a privilege to get to know the residents’ stories and build amazing relationships.”

Gladys describes the value of her role within LTC as, “…helping the team to see the residents as persons instead of medical cases and scheduled care tasks.” While Bonnie, an SW at an Ontario LTC home describes, “The value of having a social worker in LTC is difficult to measure. We take care of an individual’s mental and spiritual well-being both in this pandemic and prior to it.”

In collaboration with Family Councils Ontario, the Ontario CLRI at Bruyére has been supporting the SW and SSW in LTC Community of Practice with virtual meetings since May 2020. These monthly sessions provide members with an opportunity to connect with their peers, share resources and discuss challenges that they are experiencing. Topics of discussion have ranged from ways to help residents experiencing loneliness and social isolation, supporting essential care partners, self-care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ethical dilemmas in LTC. If you are working in an Ontario LTC home as an SW or SSW we invite you to join – Registration Form.

If you know an SW or SSW who works LTC, please take some time this month to thank them for their important work and visit this link from the Ontario Association of Social Workers for ideas on how to celebrate Social Work Week and Social Work Month.

Learn more about the role of Social Workers in LTC on our Careers in LTC web pages and videos!

[1] Canadian Association of Social Workers, Social Work in Long-Term Care, Accessed online:

Last Call for PSW Education Fund – Enroll Now!

Don’t miss a chance to get high-quality training for your LTC teams through the Personal Support Worker Education Fund!

The Fund gives LTC homes tuition and backfill for the virtual delivery of two excellent education programs to enhance person-centred care in LTC, a priority identified in the recommendations from the Ontario Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission:

  1. The Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) provides team members with practical skills in person-centred care and includes a focus on infection control. It was co-developed by Conestoga College and the RIA. Homes must enroll by March 30, 2022.
  2. LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia but the way they support people living with it. The program was created by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging’s Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners. Homes must enroll by March 25, 2022.

LTC homes can enroll to receive funding for either or both education programs. Virtual training sessions run until March 31, 2022.

Open to all frontline team members.

Learn more on the PSW Education Fund website.  

Recipe Contest Generates Nutritious Options for LTC Menus

The Ontario CLRI at the RIA hosted a recipe contest as part of the Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) project in the fall of 2021.

Students from Conestoga College, George Brown College, and Humber College developed  nutrient-dense snack or breakfast items for LTC residents that were healthy and delicious!

Mealtimes bring residents much joy. It is important that these meals contain sufficient protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre to support overall health and sustain independence in older adults. Most LTC residents are not consuming enough key nutrients to stay healthy and independent. A recent study by Professor Heather Keller, Research Chair in Nutrition and Aging at RIA showed that enhancing recipes through small changes to ingredients can meet the need for more nutrient-dense food in LTC.

The recipes generated through the contest will help us build a library of recipes that long-term care homes can work into their menus without breaking their budget.

Students were asked to develop a recipe for a snack or breakfast item with increased protein. In addition, they could also choose to increase the fibre content and calcium and reduce salt, for bonus points. Finalists were selected based on whether the recipes met the criteria provided.

Judging event

A judging event took place at the Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo in December 2021. Nine final recipes were cooked by Schlegel Villages, Ruby chef, Kasey Wesley. The recipes were tasted and scored by a panel of judges:

  • Dr. Heather Keller, RIA Research Chair
  • George Madelena, Culinary Specialist, Schlegel Villages
  • Becky Golbeck, Director of Food Services, Schlegel Villages
  • Liz Barre, Assistant Director of Food Services, Schlegel Villages
  • Charlotte Graham, Resident, University Gates
  • Phil Fiess, Resident, University Gates

All COVID protocols and precautions were taken for the judging event, including ensuring participants were vaccinated, had taken a rapid test, were distanced, and masked when not eating.

Contestants competed to win one of three cash prizes: 1st prize: $500, 2nd prize: $300, 3rd prize: $200. Our sponsors, Sysco and Gordon Foods generously provided the second and third prizes.

The winners 

1st prize: Erin Ross, for her Orange Creamsicle Jelly

Orange Creamsicle Jelly

2nd prize: Megan Panagiotopoulos, for her Gooey Baked Oats 

Gooey Baked Oats

3rd prize: Anne Kasper, for her Baked Berry Oatmeal 

Photo Gallery

Judging event with contest judges sitting at individual tables

Chef Kasey Wesley with some of the contest dishes

George Madalena, Culinary Specialist, was one of the judges, tasting a dish

Charlotte Graham, a long-term care home resident, tasting a dish

Professor Heather Keller, RIA Researcher, judging a dish

Hearty Creamy Oats dish

Shilpi Majumder, Host of judging event, tasting a dish

Becky Golbeck, Food Services Manager, judging a dish

Phil Fiess, resident judge, chatting with event organizer, Holly Hebner

Charlotte Graham, resident judge, judging a dish

Chef Kasey Wesley, getting ready to serve Sweet potato & cheese fluffy tofu cup cake to judges


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eLearning on Dementia and Sexuality from Behavioral Supports Ontario

The Behavioural Supports Ontario Sexual Expression and Dementia Working Group is pleased to announce the release of its first e-module: ‘Dementia and Sexuality: An Introduction’.

Bust shot of Tom and Clare hugging This free e-module, developed with the support of the Regional Geriatric Program-Central (RGPc), is available on the ‘Geriatric Essentials’ (previously called Frailty E-Learning) website, which presents learners with an array of e-modules about topics such as cognition and depression: 

‘Dementia and Sexuality: An Introduction’ employs a case-based approach with the aim of inviting learners to understand how people living with dementia may express their unmet needs, including those pertaining to sexuality and intimacy. Since myths and stereotypes about sexuality and dementia are firmly established so much so that they shape our interactions, they are explored in the e-module along with practical strategies to support people living with dementia across various settings.



 E-Module features

  • Content and narration available in English and French
  • Interactive exercises are included in each case study
  • Flexible pause points with the option to save one’s progress
  • Opportunity to participate in pre- and post- surveys to evaluate the e-module
  • Option to download a certificate of completion
  • Accessible on computer, tablet, and smartphone devices
  • Free of charge!

The introductory e-module is the first of a four-part series, each addressing complex themes about the sexual and intimacy needs of people living with dementia. The Ontario CLRI team is joining the working group for the development of the next three modules in the series.