- 10. Promote and Sustain/Expand Value
10. Promote and Sustain/Expand Value
Investment and opportunities do not stop once the LC is up and running.
- 7. Identify and Connect Post-Secondary Education Faculty and Long-Term-Care Teams
7. Identify and Connect Post-Secondary Education Faculty and Long-Term-Care Teams
People are the greatest asset in Living Classrooms, as in many other businesses and collaborations.
- 8. Integrate Curriculum and Long-Term-Care Activities
8. Integrate Curriculum and Long-Term-Care Activities
A curriculum is the heart of any given educational program.
- 9. Define Communication and Coordination Mechanisms
9. Define Communication and Coordination Mechanisms
Open and ongoing communication is encouraged and valued.
- 4. Formalize the Collaboration
4. Formalize the Collaboration
A business relationship focused on collaboration is optimal for our Living Classroom.
- 5. Commit to the Physical Space for the Living Classroom
5. Commit to the Physical Space for the Living Classroom
There are many items that go into making the LC an inviting and interprofessional working
- 6. Create Standard Operating Protocols and Formal Agreements
6. Create Standard Operating Protocols and Formal Agreements
There are many Standard Operating Protocols that have to be considered between both organizations when
a Living Classroom is developed, but only two formal agreements are recommended.
- 1. Agree on the Living Classroom Definition
1. Agree on the Living Classroom Definition
This is an important first step to promote a full and shared understanding of the Living Classroom.
- 2. Determine Operational Viability
2. Determine Operational Viability
Operation viability involves the “make or break” elements that determine if a Living Classroom is possible.
- 3. Identify Win-Win Opportunities and Develop Shared Values
3. Identify Win-Win Opportunities and Develop Shared Values
The Living Classroom offers many opportunities for both a Long-Term Care home and a Post-Secondary Educator.
- Living Classroom
Unlock the potential. Open the door to the living classroom.
Develop the Foundations for the Living Classroom: (4) Formalize the Collaboration, (5) Commit to the Physical Space for the Living Classroom, (6) Create Standard Operating Protocols and Formal Agreements
Commit to the Physical Space
After you have jointly developed an operational viability plan (see building block 2), and the basis for a collaborative business relationship, it is time to finalize the physical environment of the Living Classroom.
We identified the following space considerations for the Living Classroom (Table 6).
There are many items that go into making the LC an inviting and interprofessional working environment. Table 7 below provides examples of the space allocations for the LC at the Village of Riverside Glen. These spaces were designed to accommodate 48 PSW students at one time (with two overlapping intakes) and two faculty. Space needs are proportional to student numbers and type of program.
Table 8 below provides an example of the furniture and equipment needed for the LC. Please note that costs will vary depending on the number of students enrolled and the type of program. Also, Table 8 does not include electricity, rent payments, housekeeping and maintenance services, medical supplies, and IT or WIFI systems. At the Village of Riverside Glen LC, the cost of the items in Table 8 totalled approximately $120,000 to $150,000.