Resource Topic: Future workforce

Empowering Residents and Secondary School Students Through Experiential Learning in LTC Homes

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Partnerships between long-term care (LTC) homes and secondary schools create opportunities to reduce negative perceptions and improve well-being through positive experiences. Experiential Learning in Long-Term Care: A Guidebook for Building Partnerships Between Secondary Schools and Long-Term Care Homes guides LTC homes and secondary schools through the process of building partnerships and implementing placement opportunities for students. These opportunities help build capacity within homes, and support a recruitment strategy for the future LTC workforce by generating interest in LTC careers.

This webinar was presented in partnership with the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC).Ontario Association of Residents' Councils logo- black and blue

By watching this webinar, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of experiential learning placements in LTC for secondary school students, residents and team members.
  • Learn how to use the guidebook and online resources to build effective partnerships.
  • Leave with practical strategies and resources to start or enhance your experiential learning partnership.

Intergenerational Partnerships Think Tank

Background

Across the province, long-term care (LTC) and retirement homes are struggling to meet staffing needs. A shortage of skilled workers is making it increasingly difficult for LTC homes to meet legislative requirements and continue to deliver quality care and services to their residents.

Canada’s rapidly aging population complicates this issue, as LTC homes must attract and recruit additional team members to prepare for the expected increase in residents. There is a lack of awareness about the opportunities that exist in LTC, which can make it difficult to generate interest in these careers. Other influential factors include ageism and negative perceptions of LTC.

Creating opportunities for students to learn about the many career opportunities that exist within LTC and retirement homes will contribute to the continued growth of this workforce. Ontario secondary schools offer co-operative education (co-op) and volunteer opportunities, and schools are regularly seeking meaningful positions for their students.

By forming structured partnerships, secondary schools and LTC operators can work together to:

  • offer students a variety of experiential learning opportunities based on their skills and interests;
  • help students engage in career planning at an earlier stage;
  • promote LTC as a viable career destination; and
  • use students’ positive experiences to reduce negative perceptions and combat ageism.

Teaching LTC Homes: Current and Future Opportunities

Melissa Donskov, Mary-Lou Van Der Horst, Raquel Meyer

Melissa Donskov, Mary-Lou Vander Horst, Raquel Meyer

The three inaugural Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in Long-Term Care (LTC) — Baycrest, Schlelgel, and Bruyère — presented a panel discussion on April 15, 2015 at the OANHSS Annual Conference.

The presenters were: Melissa Donskov (Director of Operations, Bruyère CLRI), Raquel Meyer (Manager, Baycrest CLRI), and Mary-Lou Vander Horst (Director, Schlegel CLRI).

The presentation, “Teaching Long-Term Care Homes: Current and Future Opportunities”, opened with an overview of the history and international experience of teaching long-term care homes.  This was followed by a discussion on the Ontario experience, as well as the goals and structure of the Ontario CLRI Program.

The presenters shared the innovative approaches and projects undertaken by each CLRI, and discussed some of the key elements such as partnerships, internal/external influences, as well as integrating education, research, and quality improvement initiatives into the operational framework of a LTC home. The three speakers also participated in a discussion about the future vision and opportunities for teaching LTC homes; and their potential to foster cultures of learning, inquiry, and innovation across the sector.

Teaching LTC Homes: Current and Future Opportunities
Click on the link above for a copy of the presentation slides.

Summer Student Internships

The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest offers summer fellowships for students in the health professions to help encourage Ontario’s future geriatric leaders.