Resource Type: Project

Social Worker as a Career

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


 

People-Focused Palliative Care Resources

The resources in the People category are related to five key factors known to promote sustainability: commitment to improvement, involvement, team member skill and capability, leadership, and team functioning.

Workplace Mental Health in LTC

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About the Program | Learn About the National Standard | Plan to Implement the Standard
Conduct an Assessment | Additional Resources | Advisory Group Members


Call for Expressions of Interest

Workplace Mental Health in LTC:
Training and Support Program for Implementation Teams

The next Workplace Mental Health in LTC program starts in September 2022.

Application deadline: September 9, 2022

The Ontario CLRI at the RIA invites leaders in long-term care to take your workplace mental health strategy to the next level. Learn how to build an organizational culture that promotes and protects the mental health of all team members, and improves workforce productivity, recruitment and retention.

Call for Expressions of Interest


About the Program

This Workplace Mental Health in LTC program provides free training and coaching support to help long-term care (LTC) homes across Ontario adopt the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The Standard was published in 2013 and defines a systematic approach to creating and sustaining a psychologically safe and healthy work environment.

Learn how to build an organizational culture that promotes and protects the mental health of all team members, and improves workforce productivity, recruitment and retention. Our goal is to foster a happier, healthier, more resilient healthy work environment.

For more information, including the program schedule, see the Call for Expressions of Interest.

Have been working in healthcare for almost 30 years now (started very young) but have been leading for the better part of 25 years in many sectors across the world and the spectrum of care. This was one of the more valuable courses I have taken for many reasons, but one of them was the timeliness of the information. It is a time of tremendous strain and stress in the system of healthcare: having resources and the opportunity to take small chunks away and start to deploy information to spark sustainable change was great. Thanks for the opportunity to be part of the learning! This is a journey not a destination… it starts with a first step.” — Participant (2021-2022)

Why now?

Working in LTC is psychologically demanding. Frontline workers experience physical and emotional stress, time pressures, bullying, violence, racism, and a workplace culture that often devalues the role of care providers.

Emerging research shows that frontline workers in LTC are experiencing high levels of depression, anxiety, grief and post-traumatic stress. These conditions contribute to rising disability claims, absenteeism, presenteeism, high staff turnover and ongoing recruitment challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified these issues and highlighted the need for change in Ontario’s LTC system.

According to the Ontario government’s Long-Term Care Staffing Study (July 2020), team members in LTC are “feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, and unrecognized.” The study recommends adopting the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Now is the time for recovery and renewal

The Ontario CLRI is collaborating with mental health experts, occupational health and safety organizations, unions, researchers, educators, provincial LTC associations and other stakeholders to co-design an effective and sustainable support system for LTC homes. The Workplace Mental Health in LTC program promotes evidence-based resources, offers training programs tailored for the LTC sector, and provides coaching and support for psychological health and safety champions. By creating a workplace culture that promotes and protects mental health, leaders in LTC can build and retain a resilient workforce that is well equipped to provide quality care for residents and support for families.

A Psychological Health and Safety in Long-Term Care Advisory Committee (see below) and other experts contribute to the work of this initiative.

Program Partners

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 info@clri-ltc.ca.

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.


Jump to… ProTect Framework | Why You Should Get the Vaccine Videos  | Multilingual Library of Vaccine Information

The Living Classroom

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The Living Classroom is a partnership model that integrates education into a long-term care or retirement home to support workforce development. Students, faculty, and those living, visiting and working in the home engage in a culture of shared learning. Personal Support Worker education is one of many Living Classroom experiences. Learn more on the Living Classroom website.

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.