Tag: long-term care

Celebration of having reached over 5,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

Please join us in the celebration of having reached over 5,000 Person-Centred Language pledges!

This summer, we set a goal to reach 5,000 Person-Centred Language (PCL) pledges from health care providers and persons with lived experience to commit to changing the way we interact with and refer to people living with dementia and other complex mental health conditions. We are pleased to announce that as of September 2nd, we have reached our goal and now have over 5,100 pledges! We wish to recognize everyone who reviewed our commitment statements posters, signed our pledge, and encouraged colleagues, co-residents, family and friends to do the same.

Reaching 5,000 pledges marks an important milestone for the PCL Initiative which is co-led by the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Provincial Coordinating Office at the North Bay Regional Health Centre and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovations in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). Since its launch in 2017, The goal of the PCL Initiative has been to develop a set of commitment statements and associated products to inspire language choices that are appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive when interacting with and referring to individuals who communicate via responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions, as well as their partners in care.

If you have not yet signed our PCL pledge, it’s not too late! Fill out your pledge and download your certificate today at https://www.behaviouralsupportsontario.ca/pledge

I’ve completed my pledge, what can I do next?

Complete the e-Course

The back-to-school season is the perfect time to complete our PCL Course (https://learn.clri-ltc.ca/courses/person-centred-language-team-members/). Available in English and French, this FREE eCourse demonstrates how PCL can have a positive impact on communication, care, and help to reduce stigma and discrimination (45min.).

Receive a Free Commitment Pledge Poster

Stay Tuned

Coming this fall, we’ll be releasing a ‘PCL Word Swap’ Poster.

Get in Touch

Tell us how you’ve incorporated the PCL initiative in your organization by e-mailing us at provincialBSO@nbrhc.on.ca

Thank you for your commitment to the PCL Initiative!

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Show Some TLC for LTC

Show some TLC for LTC by watching and sharing these videos for LTC team members!

The Ontario CLRI at the RIA, Ontario Health (Central), OLTCA, AdvantAge Ontario, OARC and FCO have come together to spread awareness of LTC team members’ mental health in a series of videos from residents and families in LTC. The videos will be shared starting on  Bell Let’s Talk Day to leverage the focus on mental health and direct attention to the dedication and hard work of frontline team members in LTC, using the hashtag #TLCforLTC

LTC frontline team members are essential in effectively responding to the pandemic despite their personal and professional challenges related to stress, trauma, and health and wellness. “The mental and emotional stress they endure daily is indescribable,” says Julian Morelli, LTC resident family member featured in one of the videos created for the campaign.

Sharron Cooke, an LTC home resident describes team members as “…the heart and soul of my home.” LTC teams need mental health supports that help them cope during these difficult times and ensures they can be there for their residents.

Visit clri-ltc.ca/mentalhealth for mental health resources for LTC team members. You can find all the TLCforLTC videos on YouTube.

Nurturing Intergenerational Connections in LTC Homes During COVID-19

June 1 is Intergenerational Day, celebrated in Canada since 2010*. Last year, it was officially declared in Ottawa (for the first time) by Mayor Jim Watson, thanks to the efforts of iGen Ottawa. Intergenerational Day celebrates the richness of intergenerational relationships.  It encourages connections between people of different age groups to reduce loneliness and social isolation, and encourages age-friendly communities.


As an organization with two long-term care homes that on any given day is serving over 1000 older adults, our Ottawa host centre Bruyère is happy to be participating in Intergenerational Day 2020. And this year, as we adjust to the new norm of physical distancing, the opportunity for social connection is more important than ever.

“Bringing older and younger people together provides the opportunity to build connections and strengthen communities. I have seen personally many times the significant joy that young children bring to older adults – it is beautiful to witness!” says Michelle Fleming, knowledge broker at the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère. “In an effort to improve quality of life for residents, many long-term care homes across Ontario have regular opportunities for intergenerational connections – through things like music programs with children and residents together, high school volunteers spending time one-on-one with residents and pen-pal programs. Prior to the pandemic, the team at Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence in Orleans had been in dialogue with iGen Ottawa about the development of an intergenerational garden. The vision was a grassroots initiative, involving children from local schools. We remain hopeful that this initiative will still be possible in the future. Initiatives bringing the generations together offer promise in reducing loneliness and social isolation across our communities.”

As a resource for long-term care homes, the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère has developed a resource summarizing some of the creative ways that long-term care homes can continue intergenerational initiatives  while respecting physical distancing.

Intergenerational Connections for LTC Homes (PDF)

Some of these creative initiatives are being rolled out at Bruyère:

  • Residents at Bruyère’s long-term care homes have been delighted by art made by community children. This art has been posted throughout the homes, provided to residents, put on place mats for resident’s meal trays, and made into banners at the main entrances of each of Bruyère’s campuses. Thank you to two local groups of kids – World Changing Kids and Kid Art with Heart –  for brightening peoples’ day with the colourful art.


  • Before the pandemic, the team at Bruyère’s Saint-Louis Residence, in collaboration with iGen Ottawa, was developing plans for an intergenerational garden. The garden will bring together children and older adults in an inclusive space to learn and grow.  Until we can meet physically, community children have placed painted rocks with messages of hope and encouragement in a ‘Gratitude Garden’ that graces the front entrance of the care home. This rock garden is just the beginning of our Intergenerational Garden and we look forward to seeing it grow in the years ahead.


We all have basic human needs to connect with other people and the COVID19 pandemic has reminded us of just how critical that need is. Creative strategies are needed to help keep our generations connected. Initiatives that bring generations together help to reduce loneliness and social isolation across our communities.

On this Intergenerational Day, we encourage you to explore what’s happening in your own community and see if there is an organization that is already working to support residents living in long-term care homes. Take the time to connect with the people in your life of all different ages. Paint some rocks and bring them to a local care home. These ‘little’ acts of kindness strengthen our communities and long-term care homes.


*IGen day has been celebrated in Canada since 2010 and was founded by i2i Intergenerational Society and five Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funded student groups from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.

What is The Java Music Club (CFRA Radio Interview)

Smiling woman with drum sticks

What is the Java Music Club? Listen to Michelle Fleming, a knowledge broker from the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Bruyère and Renate Ysseldyk, an assistant professor at Carleton University in the Department of Health Sciences.

They talk about the Java Music Club, a program aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation among seniors in care homes, including Bruyère.

The Java Music Club is one of the peer support programs being studied through a collaborative research project. Members are encouraged to meet weekly, fostering camaraderie by sharing stories from their lives, discussing engaging topics, listening to music and supporting one another.

Renate Ysseldyk research focuses on the influence of psychosocial factors on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations—particularly seniors.

Click the play button below to listen to the interview.


ECHO® Care of the Elderly

Baycrest, in partnership with North East Specialized Geriatric Centre and in collaboration with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care, is excited to announce the third cycle of “Project ECHO® Care of the Elderly (ECHO COE)”, a telehealth program that aims to help primary care providers build capacity in the care of older adults through weekly 60-minute videoconference sessions. This cycle will focus on Long-Term Care.        


What is Project ECHO®?

Project ECHO, which stands for Extension of Community Health Outcomes, was created by Dr. Sanjeev Arora at the University of New Mexico. Project ECHO follows a ‘Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ model of knowledge dissemination and capacity building, which aims to exchange knowledge between academic health science centres (the “Hubs”) and the frontline of community care partners (the ”Spokes”). It relies on the flow of knowledge in multiple directions: from experts to primary care providers; between primary care providers; and from primary care providers to experts. This model is appropriate for physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers and has been successfully replicated throughout the United States, Canada and globally.

Each ECHO COE Long-Term Care session will include a short presentation by specialists on specific topics of interest relevant to care of older adults in LTC, followed by cases presented by the learning partners (spokes). Feedback and recommendations are provided by the Hub team as well as the other learning partners.


Who can be a Learning Partner?

Any primary care providers working in Long-Term Care, either individually or as a team, who want to expand their skills and build their capacity in the care of older adults, can become a learning partner. Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and/or any other healthcare professionals are welcome to join. Priority will be given to Long-Term Care homes where both the team and physician apply. Physicians do not need to be present at the LTC home as they can access each session through our free internet-based video conference system from wherever they are (e.g., office).


When will ECHO COE run?

ECHO COE LTC  runs for 10 sessions, weekly. Learning partners are expected to participate in a minimum of 80% of the 12 ECHO COE LTC sessions and be willing to present a case during the cycle.


Do I need special equipment?

No special equipment is required to participate. You need an internet connection and a computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will be given access to the free internet-based video conference system through a link.


Is this being evaluated?

Yes. Your feedback is important to us. In order to improve the program, the ECHO COE team is evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of the ECHO Care of the Elderly program, to enable primary care providers’ skills and capacity in the care of older adults. In addition to attending ECHO COE LTC sessions, learning partners will be asked to provide feedback on their experience via questionnaires and qualitative interviews/focus groups at various times throughout the program.


Does it cost anything to participate?

No, this project is fully funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and does not require any payment from participants. Furthermore, the project is fully accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME), so participants receive CME credits at no cost.


How can I sign up?

You can apply on the ECHO website.

Please note that completing the application form does not guarantee enrollment; priority will be given to Long-Term Care homes where both the team and physician apply.


For more information

If you have any questions about the ECHO COE LTC and the commitments about being a learning partner, please email echo@baycrest.org.

For more information on E CHO Care of the Elderly, visit: www.baycrest.echoontario.ca

For more information on Project ECHO New Mexico, visit: https://echo.unm.edu.

For more information on ECHO programs in Ontario, visit: https://www.echoontario.ca/.

2018 LTC Train-The-Trainer Workshops for Applied Theatre

Registration NOW OPEN!




Please visit our registration website. Confirmation of registration will be emailed to you.


Select your closest venue upon registration:

January 23, 2018: KINGSTON, ON
Providence Care Hospital, Providence Care
752 King Street West
Rm. Classroom C, 2nd Flr.
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

January 30, 2018: LONDON, ON
Goodwill Industries
255 Horton Street
Rm. Town Hall, 3rd Flr.
9:00 am – 2:30 pm


$35 – All participants. Registration includes HST and covers the program, educational materials, light breakfast, and lunch.


Refund Policy
No refunds. Transferable only.


For More Information Contact
Tania Aragona, Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research & Innovation (416) 785-2500, ext. 6357, or taragona@baycrest.org.


Click here for the 2018 Train the Trainer Applied Theatre Workshops Program

2018 LTC Educator Days for Innovation & Networking

Registration NOW OPEN!


If you engage long-term care staff and students in learning, register now and join us!


CLRI 2018 Educator Days Poster


This educational day provides an innovation and networking forum for those who engage staff and students in learning about seniors’ care and long-term care. The goals are to experience innovative educational approaches tailored to this sector, to network with other educators, and to foster a learning network that supports education in seniors’ care.



Preliminary Program

8:30-9:00             Registration & Refreshments
9:00-10:00           Welcome & Interactive Opening Session
10:00-10:20         Break & Travel
10:20-11:20         Workshop 1
11:20-11:30         Travel to Next Workshop
11:30-12:30         Workshop 2
12:30-1:30           Lunch with Demo & Travel to Next Workshop
1:30-2:30             Workshop 3
2:30-3:15             Coffee & Experiential Learning Café
3:15-3:30             Prizes & Closing Remarks


Join us to experience 3 hands-on workshops:

A. Interprofessional Learning: Strengthening Teams & Team Performance | Jennifer Reguindin
A sampler of team-based exercises to promote better care through communication, collaboration, values and ethics.


B. Affective Learning: An Untapped Resource | Shoshana Helfenbaum
Hands-on facilitation ideas to encourage emotional skill development based on the latest findings in neuroscience about the central role of emotions in learning.


C. What’s New in eLearning? Sharing the Latest Resources Available to LTCHs | Marie-Pierre Dionne, Isabelle Bossé
An introduction to new eLearning modules featuring instructional design for engaging learners on topics such as dementia and communication.


Please visit our registration website. Confirmation of registration will be emailed to you.

Select your closest venue upon registration:

January 22, 2018: KINGSTON, ON
Providence Care Hospital, Providence Care
752 King Street West, Kingston, ON K7L 4X3
Rm. Founders Hall, 2nd Flr.
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

January 29, 2018: LONDON, ON
Goodwill Industries
255 Horton Street, London, ON N6B 1L1
Rm. Community Hall, 3rd Flr.
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

February 1, 2018: THUNDER BAY, ON
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Bartley Building – Conference Centre, Rm. A
8:30 am – 3:30 pm


$50 – All participants. Registration includes HST and covers the conference program, educational materials, breakfast, refreshments and lunch.


Refund Policy
No refunds. Transferable only.


Travel Bursaries
Limited travel bursaries for LTCH Educators available if > 1.5 h travel. Contact taragona@baycrest.org.


For More Information Contact
Tania Aragona, Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research & Innovation (416) 785-2500, ext. 6357, or taragona@baycrest.org.




Study: Understanding the Realities of Short-Stay Respite Care in Long-Term Care Homes

The Ontario CLRI at Bruyère recently completed a scoping review and environmental scan focused on short-stay respite care, including respite beds in long-term care homes. Respite care involves providing short-term/temporary relief to individuals who are providing care to a family member or loved one. The main objective of this work was to better understand how different models of short-stay respite care affect outcomes for caregivers, care recipients, and healthcare resource utilization (including potentially delaying admission to a long-term care home).

While the scoping review findings exposed a knowledge gap and pointed to a need for further high-quality research in this area, they also provided valuable information in terms of lessons-learned that can serve to inform future studies and trials in Ontario.  A stakeholder consultation was conducted to learn more about the long-term care home short-stay respite program in its existing state and to identify opportunities for improvement, including any areas that research can further support. Stakeholders consulted included several long-term care homes that operate short-stay respite beds, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), select programs in the Community Support Services (CSS) sector, the Alzheimer Society, as well as clinicians, researchers, and administrators.

To receive a report on the findings of this project, please contact us at info@clri-ltc.ca.