The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) hosted a Think Tank on Moral Distress in Long-Term Care, in Waterloo, Ontario, on September 29, 2023. Participants included researchers, policy makers, care providers, and knowledge mobilization practitioners.
The goals of the Think Tank were to:
share and learn about current Canadian perspectives on moral distress and moral injury,
understand how this knowledge can be applied to the long-term care sector, and
explore opportunities for future research, clinical practice, and collaborative knowledge mobilization.
Think Tank on Moral Distress in LTC participants (photo: Jasmin Gow)
Using an evidence-based simulation game, learners will explore real world care scenarios, gain access to evidence-informed multimedia resources, and practice communication and care planning skills with virtual long-term care residents. Within 8 hours and at no cost, learners will earn a Microcredential certificate to add to their CV.
Celebrating 10 years of student partnerships and geriatric learning excellence!
Join us in our newly redesigned virtual hybrid Interprofessional Internship! Engage with your peers in facilitated sessions, project work and an online game! All Ontario healthcare professions students are welcome to apply for this paid internship.
Interns have the opportunity to:
Gain exposure to the long-term care sector;
Enhance knowledge, skills, and attitudes in aging and leading clinical gerontological practice;
Apply clinical knowledge and skills in simulated care scenarios;
Rehearse interprofessional geriatric practice competencies;
Analyze current practice challenges;
Develop and apply design-thinking skills in the creation of a sustainable, practice innovation;
Exercise professionalism and goal orientation.
These objectives are supported through facilitated discussions with Baycrest leaders and experiential partners; collaborative, capstone innovation project; reflective learning exercises; hybrid-simulation care scenarios; and game-based learning.
Open to students and recent graduates of post-secondary healthcare profession programs, including: nursing, practical nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, kinesiology, food and nutrition, therapeutic recreation, optometry, dentistry, speech language pathology, audiology, health sciences, and health studies. This exciting opportunity enables interns to explore a future in older adult health care, network with future and current healthcare providers, and shape their current practice.
“This internship is an amazing opportunity for students to gain professional skills and knowledge that is applicable to any setting in health care. I hope to use these skills to be a health advocate for the geriatric population in my future career!” – 2022 Internship alumnus
Hear graduates from our 2022 virtual program share their experiences and most valuable takeaways from the Internship in the video above.
This one-page Word Swap Poster invites readers to consider swapping out common words in favour of person-centred language(PCL)-friendly words in everyday conversations.
The poster is available in French and English and contains a total of 15 examples under four categories: people, places, actions, and items.
We hope these examples can inspire you to reflect on the power of words when supporting people with, or at risk, of responsive behaviours/personal expressions. You can also explore more PCL resources to support your LTC homes’ inclusion journey.
The Reflections on the Use of Resident Support Aides report (RSA Report) presents findings from a recent survey on the use of resident support aides (RSA) and similar roles in LTC homes during the pandemic. The RSA report summarizes reflections and perspectives from leaders about the value and future of the RSA role.
The report provides:
Data on types of responsibilities assigned to RSAs at different LTC homes
The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Tem Care (CLRI) would like to acknowledge and thank the members of the Ontario Health (Central) – RSA Working Group for their time, effort, and insights in developing the RSA survey and report:
Jill Knowlton – Jarlette Health Services
Kim Utley – SE Health
Dee Lender – Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils
Julia Scott – Markham Stouffville Hospital
Melissa Mei and Megan Suddergaard – Ontario Health
Shilpi Majumder and Audra Thompson-Haile – Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
Practical knowledge of person-centred language ensures that appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive language is used when talking with and referring to people who communicate via responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions, and their care partners.