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Intergenerational Partnerships Think Tank

  • Resource Type: Project
  • Posted On: March 12, 2019
  • Audience(s): Educators, Leaders and managers, Staff / team members, Students

Background

Across the province, long-term care (LTC) and retirement homes are struggling to meet staffing needs within their homes. 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.

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