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Careers in Long-Term Care

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Working in long-term care (LTC) lets you pursue a career that lines up with your interests and skills! Explore the different roles you could take on throughout this page. There is a high demand for skilled workers – could you meet this need and find a great career? We think so!

The information here is intended to help you understand the different options in LTC and provide an overview of each role. More details on each role can be found in the related resources or association pages

Nurse as a Career

This page provides an overview of the nurse role in long-term care based on the information given to us by nurses in the field and the sources outlined below. The role of a nurse will vary based on the long-term home and region. For a more comprehensive picture of this role, visit the nurse association information links below. This page is part of our Careers in Long-Term Care Initiative.


 

Recreation Professional as a Career

This page provides an overview of the recreation professional in long-term care based on the information given to us by Recreation professionals in the field and the sources outlined below. The role of a recreation professional may vary based on the long-term home and region. For a more comprehensive picture of this role, visit the recreation professional association information links below. This page is part of our Careers in Long-Term Care Initiative.


 

Food Service Aide as a Career

This page provides an overview of the food service aide role in long-term care based on the information given to us by those in the field and the sources outlined below. The role of a food service aide may vary based on the long-term home and region. For a more comprehensive picture of this role, visit the nutrition association information links below. This page is part of our Careers in Long-Term Care Initiative.


 

Personal Support Worker as a Career

This page provides an overview of the PSW role in long-term care based on the information given to us by PSWs in the field and the sources outlined below. The role of a PSW may vary based on the long-term home and region. For a more comprehensive picture of this role, visit the PSW association information links below. This page is part of our Careers in Long-Term Care Initiative.


 

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

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.