Resource Audience Type: Families & Care Partners
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Long-Term Care Community of Practice
Are you interested in advancing your LTC home’s equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) journey? Do you have questions about how to improve the experiences of the diverse population that your LTC home serves? Are you wondering how you can better incorporate EDI principles into your LTC home’s policies, procedures and processes?
We are excited to announce the launch of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in LTC Community of Practice (CoP)! This CoP will follow the momentum of the Allied for Inclusivity in LTC Forum held in April 2022, and responds to the desire of participants for more opportunities to learn and connect on this important topic.
A Community of Practice is a group of people who share a common concern or interest who come together regularly to learn from one another. We encourage LTC leaders, interprofessional team members (RNs, RPNs, PSWs, social workers, recreation professionals, dietitians, physiotherapists, physicians), residents and family care partners to join these discussions!
Upcoming scheduled sessions
- November 23, 2022, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Topic – How to Build, Grow and Sustain an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in LTC
- Guest speaker: Sagal Ali, Manager, Health Equity and Community Relations, Kensington Health
- January 26, 2023, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Topic – Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion
- Guest speakers: Joseph Friedman Burley (he/him), Management Consultant, City of Toronto Seniors Services and Long-Term Care and leZlie lee kam (gender mysterious), Community Activist and Workshop Facilitator
- February 23, 2023, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Topic – Addressing Racism in LTC
- March 30, 2023, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Topic – TBD
Future topics will be based on participant feedback and learning goals. Each session will include a speaker for 30-mins, followed by breakout discussion groups among participants.
- To create a space for members to learn from and share with one another around the topic of equity, diversity and inclusion in a safe and affirming environment
- To encourage people working, living and providing care in LTC to get peer-based feedback on their EDI journey
- To provide a space for new connections to form between people working, living and providing care within the LTC sector
- Provide access to educational opportunities, evidence-informed tools, resources and initiatives that are relevant to LTCHs
- To identify gaps and needs for those working in the sector to support capacity building
Registration is now closed! To be notified of upcoming calls to join, please sign up for our EDI in LTC Newsletter!
Essential Care Partner Resources
2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit: Leading & Learning with Pride
About the Tool Kit
Seniors Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) at the City of Toronto recognizes and celebrates the diversity and lived experiences of 2SLGBTQI+ seniors. With close collaboration from community members, service providers, advocates, and allies, SSLTC has released a revitalized 2SLGBTQI+ Tool Kit – Leading & Learning with Pride.
This resource include useful examples, insights, guidance, and resources to support providers throughout the care continuum to provide respectful, inclusive, and affirming care to 2SLGBTQI+ seniors.
The Ontario CLRI is honoured to have been invited to participate in the Expert Review Panel and to have our feedback integrated into the Tool Kit.
To access and learn more about the Tool Kit, click here.
This revitalized Tool Kit strives to:
- Advance respectful, inclusive and affirming care for 2SLGBTQI+ seniors by: building individual knowledge and skills among SSLTC staff and other service providers in the delivery of support to 2SLGBTQI+ seniors; and building organizational capacity among SSLTC and other seniors support organizations in the creation of inclusive environments for 2SLGBTQI+ seniors
- Reduce stigma, discrimination, and other barriers in LTC, healthcare, retirement, homecare, and community-based services for 2SLGBTQI+ seniors
- Meaningfully improve the lives of 2SLGBTQI+ seniors by treating them with empathy, compassion, and dignity
Allied for Inclusivity in LTC: A Forum to Build Connections
Word Swap Poster
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.
Reflections on the Use of Resident Support Aides
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
- Data on types of education or training that RSAs would have benefited from
- Quotes and reflections from LTC leaders about their use of the RSA role
Looking for more perspectives on front line care providers? Read the PSW Perspectives Report to explore PSWs perspectives and ideas for 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
Infection Prevention and Control in Long-Term Care
This page includes tools and resources to equip those working and volunteering in long-term care (LTC) with the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves, their colleagues, residents, family members, and community members.
The Ontario CLRI at the RIA has developed infection and prevention control (IPAC) eLearning courses for team members and essential care partners. These courses combine education on IPAC core concepts with application to LTC-specific situations and tasks.
If you have a resource to suggest for this page, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tools to Boost Vaccine Confidence in LTC Teams
Getting vaccinated is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones and our most vulnerable Ontarians from COVID-19. Each person vaccinated brings us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 from our long-term care homes and our communities.
That’s why we’re working to build vaccine confidence — and where you come in. People are more likely to listen to someone they know and trust. You can help boost vaccination rates by engaging with your colleagues and community on vaccine safety.