Supporting Residents’ Mental Health and Wellness in Long-Term Care eLearning Course

  • Resource Type: eLearning
  • Posted On: February 28, 2024
  • Audience(s): Clinicians, Incoming COVID-19 Team Members, Leaders & Managers, Nurses, Physiotherapist, PSW, Resident Support Aide, Social Workers, Staff / Team Members, Students, Therapeutic Professionals

Everyone working, volunteering, or visiting long-term care homes plays a significant role in ensuring residents feel at home, are treated with kindness and respect, and receive the necessary support and services for their health and well-being.

In the Supporting Residents’ Mental Health and Wellness in Long-Term Care eLearning Course, team members will learn how to support the mental health of all residents, using scenario-based, interactive learning. Team members will also learn how to recognize indicators of mental illnesses or conditions that are common among older adults, as well as understand how to use person-centred language when talking about mental health and mental illnesses.

This course was co-designed with a registered social worker, social service workers, and team members working in long-term care.

The Orientation eLearning Series, developed by the Ontario CLRI at the RIA, provides education for new long-term care team members during their orientation, and for existing team members during their annual training. These scenario-based and interactive eLearning courses ensure that learners have the knowledge and skills needed to assist the people they support. They were developed using evidence-based best practices and adult education principles, in collaboration with subject matter experts and LTC leaders.

This interactive eLearning course aligns with the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, and is available at no cost!

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This eLearning course, part of the Orientation course series, was developed by the Ontario CLRI at RIA in 2023 with the generous support of Schlegel Villages. We would like to thank the people who contributed to the development and review of content for this course including:

  • Sarah Allan, RSSW, Recreation Program Manager, Lakeland Long Term Care
  • Augustin James, Director of Clinical Services, Schlegel Villages
  • Melanie James, Director of Recreation & Support Services, Schlegel Villages
  • Elizabeth McCaughan, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, Trinity Village Care Centre, Lutheran Homes Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Tamara Noll, SSW, BHSc, Resident and Family Experience Coordinator, Creedan Valley Care Community, Sienna Senior Living

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