The following resource was not created by the Ontario CLRI and was identified by the Ontario Caring Advisory Circle as an important resource to support Indigenous Culture in LTC.
This guide was developed by Healthy Weights Connection (Western University) and London’s Child and Youth Network in response to overwhelming interest expressed by service providers in London and Middlesex County to learn more about First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) cultures and local communities. It has been adapted from a similar cultural awareness resource developed by the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC).
The content of this guide was informed by members of the local FNMI community in London and Middlesex through several engagement sessions. The purpose of the guide is to serve as a first step towards cultural competence and to help service providers learn more about FNMI history, the local cultures and how to work competently and sensitively with FNMI communities. For those interested in formal training, Indigenous Cultural Competency and Cultural Safety training are recommended.
Download the Indigenous Culture Card
The Person-Centred Language toolkit and report has background information, useful suggestions, activities, reflection questions and other resources to increase the use and spread of person-centred language in your long-term care home.
Activities can be done individually, as a small or large group, across your organization, and during recruitment, orientation or education sessions.
Practical knowledge of person-centred language ensures the 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.
This toolkit is available in English (French version coming soon).
Download the Toolkit and Report
The Person-Centred Language initiative and resources have been co-developed by BSO and the Ontario CLRI with support from an expert panel
The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) are excited to introduce a series of three videos called #theatregamesin90seconds, a condensed version of applied theatre training in quick, fun, and easy-to-learn video segments. The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest developed the applied theatre approach in 2013 to train direct care and support services staff in LTC on the harder-to-reach skills crucial to resident quality of life and care: non-verbal communication, empathy, and awareness of self. The videos offer a way to scale this approach across the province; they give concrete strategies and debriefing prompts that even the most novice educator can use to introduce applied theatre training in a variety of learning environments.
“The theatre games videos were created in response to feedback from interested educators about the need for ‘bite size’ learning opportunities that could be viewed in a simple and quick format from any device at any time,” explains Melissa Tafler, interprofessional arts-based learning specialist with the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest.
The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest held four Train-the-Trainer Applied Theatre workshops in 2018. Each event was met with enthusiasm and excitement from participants:
- “The workshop was amazing! I’m so inspired to go back and ‘play’ with our team.”
- “I loved this workshop, felt I have learned a lot and am leaving with a fuller ‘toolbox’.”
- “This took me out of my comfort zone.”
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For those new to the applied theatre games, this training approach uses facilitated theatre activities and games in non-theatre settings to teach skills in communication, perspective taking, empathy, personal development, and team building. The approach is effective because it relies on simple exercises that offer accessible entry points for staff at all organizational levels.
Participants engage in a range of facilitated theatre exercises and then debrief as a group to pull the learning out of the experiences and apply it to the practice setting. Learning is experienced through the whole body so that knowledge can be absorbed in multiple ways. The group talks about a concept and then uses theatre exercises to experience the concept in real time and reflect on what it actually feels like.
The games offer opportunities for people to step out of their clinical and service roles and meet together in creative spaces where there are no right or wrong answers. This encourages freedom to share thoughts and ideas in a safe way and to step into another person’s perspective.
Watch this webinar brought to you as a collaboration between the Sandra Rotman Centre for Heath Sector Strategy, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and the Ontario CLRI. This webinar is offered in both English and French through simultaneous translation.
Healthcare practitioners and administrators are tasked with staying at the forefront of innovation, cutting unnecessary tests and costs, and providing an excellent level of care to their communities.
In this hectic environment, what principles can be deployed to help professionals make better management decisions for their team members, patients, residents, and organizations? Insights from the field of behavioural science provide a blueprint to help us redesign workplaces, processes, and interactions to improve well-being. This “Behavioural Economics 101” webinar will introduce you to the fundamental findings from behavioural research and provide specific examples aimed at nudging better outcomes in the healthcare sector.
By watching this webinar, you will learn…
- The fundamentals of behavioural research.
- Insights from behavioural science to help shape workplaces, processes and interactions.
- Specific examples aimed at nudging better outcomes in healthcare.
Patrick Rooney; PhD Candidate, Strategy Area University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.
Patrick is a research associate at Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) and PhD candidate in the Strategic Management program. His current work and research interests include recruiting, management and retaining strategic human capital in organizations, with a specific emphasis on understanding behavioral phenomena in higher education, corporate social responsibility programs and healthcare. Before his PhD, Patrick worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School.
Baycrest Behavioural Support Rounds are open to all health professionals and students and provide a learning forum to review leading practices in assessing and managing challenging responsive behaviours, as demonstrated by individuals who live with dementia.
Accessible through Telehealth or onsite at Baycrest, these rounds are co-sponsored by the Baycrest Toronto Central – LHIN Behaviour Support for Seniors Program and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Baycrest.
How to access OTN hosted webcasts on-demand:
- Go to http://webcast.otn.ca/ (or simply click “watch” in the below list to be taken directly to the webcast session)
- Under “Archived Events”, select “Public”
- In the search field, input the TSM # that corresponds to the particular session or input “Baycrest”
- Once you have found the session you would like to view, click on the title and a new window will
open and start playing the video
Note: Webcasts can be viewed using Internet Explorer or Safari
Baycrest Behavioural Support Rounds archived webcasts:
The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest develops and evaluates innovative educational approaches designed to enhance not only knowledge and skills, but also values and attitudes in learners. With the assistance of interprofessional summer interns, an initial dementia simulation was created and trialed. A final version is presented here in the form of a toolkit. The scripts and resources in this toolkit have evolved over time using a quality improvement approach and are meant to foster participant awareness and insight into living life with frailty and dementia.
This toolkit contains:
- Information facilitators need to know regarding dementia and dementia
- Simulation techniques and sample scenarios based on common experiences of the
elderly in the healthcare system
- Additional modifications for the scenarios
- Ideas on how to structure the simulation session for an interprofessional audience,
including the debrief
As a result, this toolkit will allow users to:
- Identify and utilize dementia simulation techniques and scenarios
- Use these simulations to engage participants in reflection and develop a deeper
understanding of dementia and frailty
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Dementia Simulation Toolkit 2.0