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!
This group is an opportunity for LTC professionals to come together with peers, researchers and sector partner organizations to learn strategies on how to build an organizational culture that is inclusive, welcoming and affirming for everyone living, visiting and working in LTC.
Currently, the Community of Practice is CLOSED for new registrants.
The group has been meeting since November 2022, and thus far the CoP has explored topics such as: how to start and sustain an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion, addressing racism, and how to utilize our Embracing Diversity Toolkit.
Quarterly sessions featuring guest speaker(s) and breakout discussions are hosted, and topics addressed are those identified by members. Additionally, optional group check-in sessions are held, creating space for participants to bring questions up, discuss challenges, and share successes with peers.
This year, topics to be covered include:
- Measurement and data
- EDI policy development
- Supporting Indigenous populations: Truth and Reconciliation in LTC
- Responding to reports of discrimination
- EDI Strategy development
- And more!
- 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
We look forward to supporting you on your EDI journey. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Michelle Fleming, Senior Knowledge Broker at email@example.com.
To receive quarterly updates about our EDI work, gain access to relevant resources, and to be among the first to know when the group is open to new members again, please sign up for our EDI in LTC Newsletter!
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
From March to May 2022, the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère hosted three virtual sessions to provide a flexible, supportive, and interactive space for participants to be introduced to a particular ‘slice’ of the topic of cultural responsiveness, hear about a case example that highlights the content introduced in the session and engage in discussion about integrating learnings around culturally responsive care to the case example.
The Culturally Responsive Palliative Care in LTC – Case-Oriented Learning Session Series is part of our Collaborative Project to Sustain a Palliative Approach to Care in Long-Term Care. Team members that attended the sessions can refresh their learning with the webinar recordings below, and team members that missed the event now have access to this resource to support their continued learning!
Land acknowledgements are an important piece of reconciliation in the context of providing care to Indigenous people and our broader work towards cultural safety.
This Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Guiding Framework developed by Behavioural Supports Ontario can support the incorporation of land acknowledgements into meetings and events. It also includes particular considerations for individuals and organizations (in particular considerations around dementia, older adults and mental health), resources for further learning and other ways to promote reconciliation.
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.