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We’re Hiring a Knowledge Broker

November 9, 2017

Our team is growing again!  We’re looking for a Knowledge Broker to connect with stakeholders and develop knowledge exchange products, tools and events in support of an overall knowledge mobilization strategy to inform policy and program development.

Learn more.

Ontario Launches Training Fund for Long-Term Care Personal Support Workers

October 2, 2017

Funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday October 2, 2017) The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has announced a Personal Support Worker (PSW) Training Fund to support the delivery of care to residents in Long-Term Care (LTC).

For the fiscal year 2017/18, MOHLTC is working with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC to coordinate PSW continuing education and training through the delivery of the “Excellence in Resident-Centred Care” (ERCC) program in partnership with Conestoga College.  ERCC has been developed to help long-term care teams achieve Better Care and Better Outcomes using a person-centred, train-the-trainer approach that emphasizes ministry standards and the latest evidence to support care through the following 12 training modules:

  1. Person-centred care
  2. Infection Prevention and Control
  3. Safety and Mobility
  4. Oral Care and Skin Integrity
  5. Continence
  6. Nutrition and Hydration
  7. Delirium, Dementia and Depression
  8. Pain and Comfort
  9. Palliative/End-of-Life Care
  10. Self-Care
  11. Working with Others
  12. Observational Assessment

Watch the ERCC trailer here.

The objective of the PSW Training Fund is to help develop and enhance the PSW workforce in LTC to deliver high-quality and safe care that meets resident needs through continuing education and professional development. The fund aims to help LTC homes train a critical mass of PSWs and sustain ongoing learning that will continue to benefit LTC residents.

The PSW Training Fund will cover tuition and backfill for PSWs from Ontario LTC homes participating in ERCC Trainer Recertification, ERCC Trainer Certification, and ERCC Team Member Training from October 2, 2017 to March 30, 2018.

Each PSW who successfully completes the ERCC Trainer or ERCC Team Member course will receive a certificate issued by Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. Organizations with at least 70% of PSWs trained will receive an organization certificate jointly issued by Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Application opens October 2, 2017 at www.pswfundltc.ca.

For more information about the PSW Training Fund, contact:

Chelsea White – Lead, PSW Training Fund for LTC
Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
info@pswfundltc.ca

Media Contact

Hilary Dunn
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
hadunn@uwaterloo.ca
519-904-0660 ext. 4104

 About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care

In September 2011, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established three Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation within the host organizations Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Bruyère Research Institute and Baycrest Health Sciences. The Ontario CLRIs enhance quality of care in the long-term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence based service delivery and design, and knowledge mobilization. For more information visit www.clri-ltc.ca.

About Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Conestoga is among Canada’s leaders in polytechnic education, providing a full range of career-focused education, training and applied research programs to prepare students for success in the new knowledge economy and promote economic prosperity throughout our region and across Ontario.  The college provides more than 200 career-focused programs across a wide range of credentials, including degrees, diplomas and graduate certificates, and is a provincial leader in the provision of apprenticeship training. Conestoga provides education and training to more than 12,000 full-time students; continuing education courses and programs attract an additional 30,000+ enrolments each year.   For more information, visit www.conestogac.on.ca.


Subvention du gouvernement ontarien aux centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation en soins de longue durée pour la formation des préposés aux soins personnels

Waterloo (Ontario), le 2 octobre 2017. — Le ministère de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée (MSSLD) a annoncé l’octroi de fonds de formation pour les préposés aux services de soutien à la personne afin de soutenir la prestation de soins aux résidents des soins de longue durée.

Durant l’année financière 2017-2018, le MSSLD travaillera avec les centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation en SLD de l’Ontario pour coordonner les activités de formation continue des PSP par l’intermédiaire du programme Excellence des soins axés sur les résidents, en collaboration avec le Collège Conestoga.   Le programme d’excellence a été mis sur pied pour aider les équipes œuvrant en soins de longue durée à offrir de meilleurs soins pour obtenir de meilleurs résultats par une approche de formation des formateurs axée sur la personne qui vient renforcer les normes du ministère et les plus récentes données probantes en matière de soutien à la personne en douze modules de formation :

  1. Soins axés sur la personne
  2. Prévention et contrôle des infections
  3. Sécurité et mobilité
  4. Soins buccodentaires et intégrité de la peau
  5. Continence
  6. Nutrition et hydratation
  7. Délirium, démence et dépression
  8. Douleur et confort
  9. Soins palliatifs et de fin de vie
  10. Autosoins
  11. Travailler avec les autres
  12. Évaluation par l’observation

Visionnez la bande-annonce du programme d’excellence ici.

L’objectif du fonds de formation des PSP vise à développer et à accroître la main-d’œuvre chez cette catégorie de travailleurs en SLD par la formation continue et le perfectionnement professionnel pour assurer une prestation de soins sécuritaire et de haute qualité qui répond aux besoins des résidents. Les fonds aideront les foyers de SLD à former une masse critique de PSP et de maintenir une formation continue qui profitera aux résidents des SLD.

Le fonds de formation des PSP couvrira les frais d’étude et le détachement du personnel des foyers participants au programme Excellence des soins axés sur les résidents pour certifier ou recertifier les formateurs et les membres de l’équipe de formation du 2 octobre 2017 au 30 mars 2018.

Chaque PSP qui réussira le cours de formation du formateur ou du membre de l’équipe recevra un certificat délivré par le Collège Conestoga et l’Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-UW et il en va de même pour les organismes dont au moins 70 % de leurs PSP auront été formés.

Les demandes se prennent à compter du 2 octobre 2017 au www.pswfundltc.ca.

Pour plus de renseignements sur le fonds de formation pour PSP, communiquez avec :

Chelsea White, agente de projets, Fonds de formation pour PSP
Centre d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation pour les foyers de soins de longue durée Schlegel
Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-Université de Waterloo
info@pswfundltc.ca

Contact pour les médias

Hilary Dunn
Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-Université de Waterloo
hadunn@uwaterloo.ca
519-904-0660, poste 4104

À propos des Centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation pour les foyers de soins de longue durée de l’Ontario

En septembre 2011, le ministère de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée de l’Ontario a créé trois centres d’apprentissage, de recherche et d’innovation, hébergés à même l’Institut de recherche sur le vieillissement Schlegel-UW, l’Institut de recherche Bruyère et le Centre de la santé Baycrest. En Ontario, les CARI œuvrent à l’amélioration de la qualité des soins de longue durée en appuyant la formation, la recherche, l’innovation, la prestation de service et la conception de programmes fondées sur des données probantes, et la mobilisation du savoir. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le www.clri-ltc.ca.

À propos de l’Institut de technologie et d’apprentissage avancé du Collège Conestoga

Conestoga est l’un des chefs de file en formation polytechnique au Canada, fournissant une vaste gamme de programmes d’éducation, de formation et de recherche appliquée axés sur la carrière qui orientent les étudiants vers la réussite dans la nouvelle économie du savoir et appuient la prospérité économique dans la région et partout en Ontario.  Le Collège offre plus de deux cents programmes axés sur la carrière couvrant un large éventail de compétences ouvrant la voie aux diplômes et aux certificats et fait figure de proue en matière de formation d’apprentis dans la province. Conestoga offre de l’enseignement et des cours de formation à plus de 12 000 étudiants à temps plein ainsi que de la formation continue et d’autres programmes à plus de 30 000 nouveaux inscrits chaque année. Pour en savoir davantage, visitez le www.conestogac.on.ca.

 

RIA announces new Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging

September 13, 2017

WATERLOO, Ont. (Wednesday, September 13, 2017) – The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lora Giangregorio has been appointed the Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging.

Fractures and falls are a major concern for older adults, but there are simple ways to reduce the risk. Dr. Giangregorio’s research explores how exercise can help to maintain and improve mobility and lower the risk of falls and fractures.  Her research team shares what they learn, supporting the development of safe and effective exercise programs, to help older adults stay fit, strong, and mobile.

Dr. Giangregorio’s passion to improve both health and quality of life drives her work. Physical activity has many health benefits, and makes a difference in people’s lives. This new position with RIA will enable her to expand this work and collaborate closely with health care providers, care partners and older adults.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with the RIA over the past several years, and I am honoured to become a Schlegel Research Chair,” says Dr. Giangregorio. “This role will inspire new research and collaborations, and allow our team to put our research into practice. Our goal is to support older adults in staying fit and mobile throughout later life.”

Over the next few years, Dr. Giangregorio and her team will focus on advancing exercise guidelines for individuals with osteoporosis. Education for health care providers, care partners and older adults about the benefits of exercise will be another priority.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Giangregorio to our team of Schlegel Research Chairs,” says Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director at RIA. “Her focus on practical application and providing older adults with the tools and resources they need to stay active is in perfect alignment with RIA’s mission.”

To mark the beginning of this new role with RIA, Dr. Giangregorio delivered a public lecture to a sold out audience at the Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Aging in Waterloo.  Fellow researchers and community members were in attendance. The event was hosted by RIA in collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, where Dr. Giangregorio is also an Associate Professor.

 

About the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a non-profit, charitable organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Schlegel Villages, and many other organizations and academic institutions, to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults. By integrating research, education and practice, RIA supports practice-relevant research and mobilizes research evidence so it can inform programs, be integrated into education and training, and influence practice and policy. The best of what is learned is then shared broadly to benefit older adults everywhere. For more information go to www.the-ria.ca.

Media Contact

Hilary Dunn
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
hilary.dunn@uwaterloo.ca
519-904-0660 ext. 4104

RIA welcomes new team members!

September 6, 2017

RIA is pleased to welcome three new members to our growing team:

  • Michelle Grouchy, Senior Director of Operations
  • Kyla English, Assistant Research Coordinator
  • Tammy Cumming, Manager, Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care

Please join us in welcoming Michelle, Kyla and Tammy to the RIA family!

Ministry provides base funding for Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC

August 17, 2017

OTTAWA, TORONTO, WATERLOO, Ont. (Thursday August 17, 2017) – The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in Long-Term Care are pleased to announce a new substantial investment from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  The base funding allocated to CLRI 2.0 will support continued development and spread of innovations to enhance quality of care across the Ontario long-term care sector.

Baycrest Health Sciences, Bruyère Research Institute and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging will continue to jointly progress the CLRI 2.0 agenda across the province. A provincial advisory group will be established to guide all three Centres. The mandate of CLRI 2.0 will focus heavily on innovation in education, knowledge mobilization, applied research and quality improvement.

“We are delighted that the MOHLTC will continue to support Ontario’s Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in LTC. This commitment will enhance the education and expertise of staff in long-term care and create opportunities for students to develop skills and enthusiasm regarding the care of older adults,” says Dr. David Conn, Vice-President, Education & Director, Centre for Education at Baycrest Health Sciences.

“We are thankful for this investment as it will benefit Ontarians across the province by supporting education, innovation and linking research to practice in long-term care in both official languages,” says Heidi Sveistrup, Interim President and CEO at Bruyère Research Institute.

“With this substantial Ministry investment, research and innovation will be accelerated and shared to benefit long-term care homes across the province,” says Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

Link to English and French version.

About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research, and Innovation in Long-Term Care

In September 2011, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established three Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation within the host organizations Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, Bruyère Research Institute and Baycrest Health Sciences. The Ontario CLRIs enhance quality of care in the long-term care sector through education, research, innovation, evidence based service delivery and design, and knowledge mobilization. For more information visit www.clri-ltc.ca.

Media Contacts

Jonathan MacIndoe
Baycrest Health Sciences (Toronto)
JMacIndoe@baycrest.org
416-785-2500 x 6579

Chantal Séguin
Bruyère Research Institute (Ottawa)
CSeguin@bruyere.org
613-562-6262 ext. 4024

Hilary Dunn
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (Waterloo)
hadunn@uwaterloo.ca
519-904-0660 ext. 4104