The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) are excited to introduce a series of three videos called #theatregamesin90seconds, a condensed version of applied theatre training in quick, fun, and easy-to-learn video segments. The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest developed the applied theatre approach in 2013 to train direct care and support services staff in LTC on the harder-to-reach skills crucial to resident quality of life and care: non-verbal communication, empathy, and awareness of self. The videos offer a way to scale this approach across the province; they give concrete strategies and debriefing prompts that even the most novice educator can use to introduce applied theatre training in a variety of learning environments.
“The theatre games videos were created in response to feedback from interested educators about the need for ‘bite size’ learning opportunities that could be viewed in a simple and quick format from any device at any time,” explains Melissa Tafler, interprofessional arts-based learning specialist with the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest.
The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest held four Train-the-Trainer Applied Theatre workshops in 2018. Each event was met with enthusiasm and excitement from participants:
- “The workshop was amazing! I’m so inspired to go back and ‘play’ with our team.”
- “I loved this workshop, felt I have learned a lot and am leaving with a fuller ‘toolbox’.”
- “This took me out of my comfort zone.”
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For those new to the applied theatre games, this training approach uses facilitated theatre activities and games in non-theatre settings to teach skills in communication, perspective taking, empathy, personal development, and team building. The approach is effective because it relies on simple exercises that offer accessible entry points for staff at all organizational levels.
Participants engage in a range of facilitated theatre exercises and then debrief as a group to pull the learning out of the experiences and apply it to the practice setting. Learning is experienced through the whole body so that knowledge can be absorbed in multiple ways. The group talks about a concept and then uses theatre exercises to experience the concept in real time and reflect on what it actually feels like.
The games offer opportunities for people to step out of their clinical and service roles and meet together in creative spaces where there are no right or wrong answers. This encourages freedom to share thoughts and ideas in a safe way and to step into another person’s perspective.
Baycrest Behavioural Support Rounds are open to all health professionals and students and provide a learning forum to review leading practices in assessing and managing challenging responsive behaviours, as demonstrated by individuals who live with dementia.
Accessible through Telehealth or onsite at Baycrest, these rounds are co-sponsored by the Baycrest Toronto Central – LHIN Behaviour Support for Seniors Program and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Baycrest.
How to access OTN hosted webcasts on-demand:
- Go to http://webcast.otn.ca/ (or simply click “watch” in the below list to be taken directly to the webcast session)
- Under “Archived Events”, select “Public”
- In the search field, input the TSM # that corresponds to the particular session or input “Baycrest”
- Once you have found the session you would like to view, click on the title and a new window will
open and start playing the video
Note: Webcasts can be viewed using Internet Explorer or Safari
Baycrest Behavioural Support Rounds archived webcasts:
About this Webinar
This webinar outlines the development of six culturally relevant fact sheets on dementia and dementia care that can be used by Indigenous family caregivers, health care providers, as well as other organizations interested in the promotion of dementia awareness and care in Indigenous communities. The fact sheets bridge essential biomedical knowledge deemed important to convey and Indigenous understandings and explanatory models of the illness. The development of culturally appropriate health promotion materials for Indigenous communities is not simply a cut and paste process where mainstream materials are adapted through changes to imagery but not meaning. Rather, the production of culturally-based materials requires grounding in Indigenous knowledge of specific illnesses and community based models of care.
This integrated webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).
This webinar has been identified as a resource that supports Indigenous culture in long-term care by the Ontario Caring Advisory Circle.
Oral Health Care at Saint-Louis Residence
Oral health of residents should be a priority. The Ontario CLRI partnered with La Cité Collégiale in an effort to increase access to oral care resources for long-term care (LTC) homes.
Many LTC residents find it difficult to access a traditional dental office due to transportation, physical, and financial limitations. In an effort to improve access to oral care in LTC homes, the Ontario CLRI piloted a partnership with a local college’s dental hygiene program to develop a placement program, resources, and tools. The partnership sparked the creation of both an animated video outlining why oral care is important and a publication describing the partnership model, as well as the translation of the Oral Health Assessment Tool.
There is growing awareness around the importance of oral care for overall health. LTC residents are particularly vulnerable to several risk factors for poor oral health that can lead to oral bacterial disease, bad breath, mouth sores, and pneumonia. Establishing partnerships with the dental hygiene community can bring oral health expertise on-site.
Mouth Matters Video – An animated video that presents to staff and caregivers why oral care is important.
Oral Health Assessment Tool Translation – The purpose of this initiative was to produce a French translation of the OHAT that is acceptable to users — nurses and dental hygienists — and is conceptually and metrically equivalent to the English version originally developed.
Oral Health Partnership Brochure – This brochure describes a partnership between Ottawa’s Saint-Louis Residence (SLR) LTC home and the dental hygiene program at La Cité Collégiale. For a copy of the full report, please contact email@example.com
Designed to enhance nursing, personal support worker and allied health gerontological specialty knowledge in the early identification and care of older adults living with frailty at risk of acute deterioration.
Education Toolkit: How to Screen Older Adults for Depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)
This toolkit is designed as a health professions educational resource for educators seeking to teach healthcare staff and students on using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) to screen older adults for depression in long-term care. The content of this education places specific emphasis on how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression, how depression is different from dementia, when and how to screen for depression using the PHQ-2, strategies to promote safety and wellness in persons with depression. Experiential learning techniques include the use of video simulations (found in Education Toolkit Part 2-3) for participants to practice and receive feedback using the screening forms. Slides, handouts and evaluation materials are also included for adaptation and use by the educator.
Culture Change Exchange Events
Culture Change Exchanges are interactive events that aim to educate, support and inspire individuals and organizations to shift away from institutional, medical models of care toward social models that embrace living. The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) hosted 3 Culture Change Exchanges between May 2016 and March 2017 with support from the Ontario CLRI hosted at the RIA.
Education Toolkit: How to Screen Older Adults for Delirium using the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)
This toolkit is designed as a health professions education resource for educators seeking to teach healthcare staff and students on using the CAM to screen older adults for delirium in long-term care. The content of this education places specific emphasis on how to recognize signs and symptoms of delirium, when and how to screen for delirium using the CAM, and strategies to promote safety and wellness in people with delirium. Experiential learning techniques include the use of video simulations (found in Education Toolkit Part 2-3) for participants to practice and receive feedback using the screening forms. Slides, handouts, and evaluation materials are also included for adaptation and use by the educator.
This toolkit and videos support educators in creating experiential learning experiences to foster empathy and an improved understanding of the physical changes and social bias often experienced by older adults living with frailty.
Toolkit: Frail Aging Simulation
Simulation is the imitation or emulation of some real thing, state of affairs or process. It is a methodology to help achieve educational goals. The most powerful and efficacious simulations are conducted based on strong educational principles, run by expert facilitators and within the context of the objectives of a curriculum. Simulation used for healthcare encompasses a range of activities that share a broad, similar purpose: to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare services.
Frail Aging Simulation: Take a Walk in Their Shoes
Experiential learning to enhance empathy and knowledge of frail aging.
DIY Frail Aging Simulation Suit Video
This videos supports long-term care educators in creating experiential learning experiences to foster empathy and an improved understanding of the physical changes and social bias often experienced by older adults living with frailty.