The Living Classroom

Implementation Guide

The Living Classroom is a partnership model that integrates education into a long-term care or retirement home to support workforce development in senior living. Students, faculty, and those living, visiting and working in the home engage in a culture of shared learning. Students gain real-life experience and are well prepared for a career in senior living. Residents, families and team members from the home benefit from student engagement and provide mentorship opportunities. The model was first implemented in Ontario through a partnership with Conestoga College, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Schlegel Villages.

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Who is going to be an advocate for residents and long-term care in the years to come? Our students! Those students that we mentor and support today — those are the people that will lead long-term care in the next decades. Those are the people I count on to build on what we have developed, and they will continue our work, to make sure that older adults receive the best possible quality of care and services.

Dr. Veronique Boscart

Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care and Executive Dean of the School of Health & Life Sciences, Conestoga College

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