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New skin & wound care eLearning course available

Orientation eLearning: Wound and Skin Care in LTC

Orientation eLearning: Wound and Skin Care in LTC











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.

Skin and Wound Care in Long-Term Care is a self-paced Orientation course on skin and wound care that will equip or refresh long-term care team members on the knowledge and skills required to support residents. Taking care of a resident’s skin and preventing a breakdown of skin is an important part of care. It’s important for team members to understand skin integrity and wound care as skin breakdown can lead to infection and a decrease in resident’s quality of life. Our new course can equip clinical and non-clinical team members with the skills to prevent skin and wound care issues and to implement skin and wound care interventions connected to their role.

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:

Jennifer Bilbie RN, BScN, MCISc, CIC, Long-Term Care Nurse Consultant, Extendicare

Kim Arquette, Clinical Specialist, Schlegel Villages

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 April 2023: Learn who is eligible and how to apply here.

Celebrating over 10,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

Please join us in the celebration of having reached over 10,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

Last summer, we reached our goal of 5,000 Person-Centred Language (PCL) pledges from health care providers and persons with lived experience to commit to changing the way we interact with and refer to people living with dementia and other complex mental health conditions. We are pleased to announce that as of September 17, 2022, we have doubled that number and now have over 10,316 pledges! We wish to recognize everyone who reviewed our commitment statements posters, signed our pledge, and encouraged colleagues, co-residents, family and friends to do the same.

Reaching 10,000 pledges marks an important milestone for the PCL Initiative which is co-led by the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Provincial Coordinating Office at the North Bay Regional Health Centre and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovations in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). Since its launch in 2017, The goal of the PCL Initiative has been to develop a set of commitment statements and associated products to inspire language choices that are appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive when interacting with and referring to individuals who communicate via responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions, as well as their partners in care.

If you have not yet signed our PCL pledge, it’s not too late! Fill out your pledge and download your certificate today at

I’ve completed my pledge, what can I do next?

Complete the e-course

The back-to-school season is the perfect time to complete our PCL eCourse. Available in English and French, this FREE eCourse demonstrates how PCL can have a positive impact on communication, care, and help to reduce stigma and discrimination (45min).

Explore examples

Check out our Word Swap Poster for ideas on how to incorporate PCL in your everyday conversations.

Receive a free Commitment Pledge Poster

Get in touch

Tell us how you’ve incorporated the PCL initiative in your organization by e-mailing us at

Thank you for your commitment to the PCL Initiative!


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New eLearning course on fall prevention released

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) has released a new Orientation course: Preventing Falls in Long-Term Care. This course is available at no cost to support new and existing team members in fulfilling Ministry of LTC’s training requirements.


Falls can result in serious injury, hospital admission, and long-term loss of mobility and function. By taking this course, team members will learn, at their own pace, appropriate awareness and corresponding actions to take to effectively prevent falls and keep residents safe. Two versions are available: one for non-clinical team members and one for clinical team members.


Visit our eLearning course for clinical team members

Visit our eLearning course for non-clinical team members


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.

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: