In order to deliver person-centered care, it is important for LTC providers to thoughtfully consider the diversity of residents’ perspectives and experiences. Informed by histories of marginalization, being “different” continues to be challenging in modern day. LTC members and leaders are faced with systemic pressures (i.e., high workloads, limited resources) while individuals’ needs for expressions of diversity in LTC homes are sometimes overlooked.
This webinar will share strategies to acknowledge and support diverse identities and needs of individuals who live and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. Attendees will receive self-reflection tools to think critically in order to support individuals with diverse social identities, with implications for how we provide care and services in LTC.
By attending this webinar, you will:
a. Understand how your social identity might be impacting your own privilege and power.
b. Define what social identity is and how it plays a part in your professional role.
c. Increased awareness to various diversity and inclusion principles and concepts.
Kimberly Lopez R/TRO, Ph.D. works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She is interested in critically examining social structures and processes that reinforce difference and marginalisation. As a community-engaged qualitative researcher, she values working collaboratively and creatively to amplify Othered meanings of identity, leisure, labour, care, aging, and well-being. Her research reflects on the intertwined practices of leisure and labour –practices inextricably linked to the social through labelled and socialized bodies. Kim is inspired by all people and their passion stories. To learn from practices of labouring bodies engaged in caring work and hear about the different ways identity is embodied, Kim looks to influencers of anti-racist feminisms, decolonial/restorative practices, and post-identity literature/art. She is interested in diverse forms of listening and telling story. For work and leisure, she engages locally in human book clubs, digital storytelling, and porch chats. In her community, Kim commits her efforts to social change and justice through inclusive arts, organisation/activism, and transformational inquiry.
Ashley Flanagan PhD(c) is a PhD candidate specializing in Aging, Health, and Well Being within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. As a scholar dedicated to advancing comprehensive health and wellness programs and services for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, Ashley’s dissertation research work aims to explore how Canadian transgender (trans) and non-binary older adults understand and experience community within their daily lives in relation to their experiences of aging and old age. The learnings from Canadian trans and non-binary older adults’ personal stories of community, aging, and gender identity will inform the development of inclusive and equitable practices and communities across Canada. Beyond her dissertation work, Ashley is a member of Supporting Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group of Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care and teaches courses in the substantive areas of qualitative methodology, gender and sexual identities, aging, and leisure.