Webinar – Grow Your Own PSWs: Regional Adaptations of the Living Classroom in Long Term Care

Join us for a Living Classroom webinar, part of AdvantAge Ontario’s Virtual Summer School. Visit the website for the full program and registration details.

Grow Your Own PSWs: Regional Adaptations of the Living Classroom in Long Term Care

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 10:15 am-11:15 pm

  • Learn about the benefits of the Living Classroom, a postsecondary partnership program for addressing PSW shortages, including its impact on PSW recruitment and retention.
  • Explore evidence collected from use and regional adaptation of this model in different long-term care settings, and implementation strategies for successful program delivery from a range of stakeholder perspectives.
  • Identify how to assess your organization’s readiness to start a Living Classroom.

Speakers

Photo of Scott MitchellScott Mitchell, Knowledge Broker, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Scott Mitchell is a Knowledge Broker at the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) hosted by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo. He is a co-founder and coordinating committee member of the Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice.


Photo of Shelley SheedyShelley Sheedy, Director, Long-Term Care, Bonnechere Manor, Renfrew and Miramichi Lodge, Pembroke

Shelley Sheedy is an experienced health care leader with a diverse range of acute care, community, education and long-term care experience. Within long-term care, Shelley has held progressive leadership positions including Resident Care Co-ordinator, Director of Care, Administrator and is currently the Director of Long-Term Care for both of the County of Renfrew’s Homes — Bonnechere Manor and Miramichi Lodge — with responsibility for 346 residents, over 500 staff, approximately 300 volunteers and a $32M budget. She also oversaw the redevelopment of the 166-bed Miramichi Lodge. Both Homes have achieved Accreditation Canada’s highest “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing” Award.

Shelley holds a Masters degree in Health Studies and a certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa) and sits on a number of regional and provincial committees. She has published several articles including “A Call to Action — Dispelling the Myths and Reducing the Negative Factors Impacting Nursing Recruitment in LTC”; “Should Upper Tier Municipalities in Ontario Contribute to the Operations of a LTC Home?”; and “Improving the Image of Nursing in Ontario — What Can you Do?”

Shelley’s career passions include leading change with a continuous quality improvement focus on evidenced-based practices and implementing innovative human resource practices.

Photo of Heather Klein-HorsmanHeather Klein-Horsman, PSW and PN Program Coordinator, Algonquin College

Heather Klein-Horsman, RN, graduated from University of Ottawa in 2006 and continued on to complete her Critical Care Course through Algonquin College. She worked at the intensive care unit at the Ottawa Civic Hospital from 2006-2009. In 2009 she moved to the Renfrew Valley region and started in the ICU/ER department at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and part-time clinical teaching with Algonquin College Pembroke campus. She completed her Masters in Nursing through Charles Sturt University, was hired full time at Algonquin College in 2014 and now coordinates both PSW and PN programs (the PSW Living Classroom is in its second year) and teaches throughout the Nursing programs. Heather has a passion for teaching, leadership and change management and serves on multiple committees through the College and Provincial level.

Photo of Lori CrossonLori Crosson, Director of Continuing Education and E-Learning, Sault College

Lori is responsible for various PSW programming including online offerings, in-community offerings and in-facility offerings. She has been a member of the Sault College Continuing Education team for over 10 years and has experience in various models of flexible education.

Enhancing nursing home care for seniors: impact of a living classroom on nursing assistant’s education

Veronique M. Boscart, Lynn McCleary, Paul Stolee, Linda Sheiban Taucar, Jessica Wilhelm, Keia Johnson, Josie d’Avernas, Paul Brown & Marlene Raasok, Educational Gerontology, 46:8, 461-472
https://doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2020.1774842

Abstract

Nursing Assistants (NAs) are the largest workforce in nursing homes, but often lack adequate preparation for their role. The Living Classroom (LC) is an integrated learning approach, whereby a NA program is delivered in a nursing home (NH) in collaboration with a community college. This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of the LC. Mixed methods were used to gather data from 48 NA students, 5 faculty, and 42 NH staff over 30 weeks. Students, faculty, and nursing home staff described the LC as a positive learning experience. Students’ gerontological knowledge increased over time (p = .0012). Students reported very positive relationships with program mentors and NH residents. The LC provides a unique approach to prepare NAs to work in nursing homes. This model could expand to other educational programs with a gerontology focus.

Grow Your Own PSWs: Regional Adaptations of the Living Classroom in LTC

UPDATE (March 18): The AdvantAge Ontario conference has been cancelled due to COVID-19. … Continue reading

UPDATE (March 18): The AdvantAge Ontario conference has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Join us for a Living Classroom presentation on Friday, April 24, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, at Advancing Senior Care, AdvantAge Ontario’s annual general meeting and convention.

  • Learn about the benefits of the Living Classroom, a postsecondary partnership program for addressing PSW shortages, including its impact on PSW recruitment and retention.
  • Explore evidence collected from use and regional adaptation of this model in different long-term care settings, and implementation strategies for successful program delivery from a range of stakeholder perspectives.
  • Identify how to assess your organization’s readiness to start a Living Classroom.

Speakers

Photo of Scott MitchellScott Mitchell, Knowledge Broker, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Scott Mitchell is a Knowledge Broker at the Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) hosted by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging in Waterloo. He is a co-founder and coordinating committee member of the Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice.


Photo of Shelley SheedyShelley Sheedy, Director, Long-Term Care, Bonnechere Manor, Renfrew and Miramichi Lodge, Pembroke

Shelley Sheedy is an experienced health care leader with a diverse range of acute care, community, education and long-term care experience. Within long-term care, Shelley has held progressive leadership positions including Resident Care Co-ordinator, Director of Care, Administrator and is currently the Director of Long-Term Care for both of the County of Renfrew’s Homes — Bonnechere Manor and Miramichi Lodge — with responsibility for 346 residents, over 500 staff, approximately 300 volunteers and a $32M budget. She also oversaw the redevelopment of the 166-bed Miramichi Lodge. Both Homes have achieved Accreditation Canada’s highest “Accreditation with Exemplary Standing” Award.

Shelley holds a Masters degree in Health Studies and a certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa) and sits on a number of regional and provincial committees. She has published several articles including “A Call to Action — Dispelling the Myths and Reducing the Negative Factors Impacting Nursing Recruitment in LTC”; “Should Upper Tier Municipalities in Ontario Contribute to the Operations of a LTC Home?”; and “Improving the Image of Nursing in Ontario — What Can you Do?”

Shelley’s career passions include leading change with a continuous quality improvement focus on evidenced-based practices and implementing innovative human resource practices.

Photo of Heather Klein-HorsmanHeather Klein-Horsman, PSW and PN Program Coordinator, Algonquin College

Heather Klein-Horsman, RN, graduated from University of Ottawa in 2006 and continued on to complete her Critical Care Course through Algonquin College. She worked at the intensive care unit at the Ottawa Civic Hospital from 2006-2009. In 2009 she moved to the Renfrew Valley region and started in the ICU/ER department at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and part-time clinical teaching with Algonquin College Pembroke campus. She completed her Masters in Nursing through Charles Sturt University, was hired full time at Algonquin College in 2014 and now coordinates both PSW and PN programs (the PSW Living Classroom is in its second year) and teaches throughout the Nursing programs. Heather has a passion for teaching, leadership and change management and serves on multiple committees through the College and Provincial level.


Photo of Pamela FicocielloPamela Ficociello, Executive Director, Algoma Manor

Pamela Ficociello serves as a AFS Board President, GPA Certified Coach and is a part of the Sault College Business Advisory Committee, and LTC Regional Committee. She has over 10 years of experience in a long-term care setting and 6 years of experience working in the mental health field as a Clinician Care and Treatment Worker.


Photo of Lori CrossonLori Crosson, Director of Continuing Education and E-Learning, Sault College

Lori is responsible for various PSW programming including online offerings, in-community offerings and in-facility offerings. She has been a member of the Sault College Continuing Education team for over 10 years and has experience in various models of flexible education.

The Living Classroom and Health Human Resources in Long-Term Care

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) will be presenting on the Living Classroom at the AdvantAge Region 7 meeting in Ottawa on Friday, November 8, 2019. This interactive presentation by the Ontario CLRI and invited guests will explore successful Living Classroom models in Ontario (including the Ottawa region)…. Continue reading

The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) will be presenting on the Living Classroom at the AdvantAge Region 7 meeting in Ottawa on Friday, November 8, 2019. This interactive presentation by the Ontario CLRI and invited guests will explore successful Living Classroom models in Ontario (including the Ottawa region), engage participants in a hands-on activity to assess their own readiness to start a Living Classroom, and discuss the impact on health human resource challenges in LTC. Information about other CLRI initiatives to address HHR issues will also be provided.

Location: Hillel Lodge, 10 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa
When: November 8, 2019, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: $20 (cash) per person

RSVP: Kelly Thompson, Kelly@hillel-ltc.com

Full-Day Workshop: Best Practices in Implementing a Living Classroom for Programs in Seniors Care

Join us on Friday, November 22, 2019, for an opportunity to understand the key features of implementing a successful Living Classroom for post-secondary education in seniors care. Conestoga College in partnership with Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, has over a decade of experience operating a living classroom. Benefit from the experience and expertise of Dr. Veronique Boscart and the Living Classroom Team…. Continue reading

Workshop Description

An opportunity to understand the key features of implementing a successful Living Classroom for post-secondary education in seniors care. Conestoga College in partnership with Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, has over a decade of experience operating a living classroom. Benefit from the experience and expertise of Dr. Veronique Boscart and the Living Classroom Team.

The Living Classroom is an innovative educational experience for students whose career path will lead them to work with older adults. The education program is delivered in a long-term care home, led by a post-secondary educator and involving students and those living and working in the long-term care home within a culture of interactive learning.

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Workshop Details

Date: November 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Conestoga College, Doon (Kitchener) campus
Cost: $300 per participant including lunch and refreshments (provided by The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI)), parking and materials

Presenter

Dr. Veronique Boscart, RN, PhD
Executive Dean, School of Health & Life Sciences
CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care
Executive Director, Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Participant Benefit

College administrators and faculty will learn in an interactive environment about key success factors and practical applications to grow and sustain an innovative Living Classroom within the college and LTC context.

Registration

CLICK TO REGISTER Register by November 15, 2019

For more information, contact
Regina Dryngiewicz, Program Assistant
519-748-5220 ext. 3635
SchlegelCentre@conestogac.on.ca

Fall Open House – The Village at University Gates

Join Conestoga College on November 24, 2018 for information sessions and a tour of the Living Classroom facility, highlighting programs offered at Schlegel Villages’ The Village at University Gates…. Continue reading

Join Conestoga College for information sessions and a tour of the Living Classroom facility, highlighting programs offered at Schlegel Villages’ The Village at University Gates:

Date and Time

November 24, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (sessions start at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)

Location

Conestoga College, The Village at University Gates, 250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo

For more information

Please contact Jan Stroh.

New PSW program being launched

Reprinted from Fort Frances Times

Riverside Health Care is pleased to announce our new partnership with the Rainy River District campus of Confederation College.

Together we have launched an inventive curriculum model for the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program starting this fall.

While studying on-site at Rainycrest Long Term Care Home here, this compressed 16-week certificate program offers an interactive hands-on learning environment that helps students gain the knowledge and confidence needed to excel in a PSW career.

In addition, students may gain meaningful part-time employment at Rainycrest outside of their program requirements.

Options for tuition assistance from Riverside Health Care, as well as interest-free loans, are available for students of the program.

Riverside and Confederation College will be holding open houses at Rainycrest during which prospective students can learn more about the program.

They are slated for Thursday June 7 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and again Tuesday, June 12 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Ground-breaking health-care classroom and learning environment planned for Perley Rideau in 2017

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and Algonquin College have entered a formal partnership that will see the creation of a ground-breaking health-care classroom and learning environment. The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 13th outlining the plans to create and consult on the delivery of educational programs, clinical services and research initiatives. Under the new agreement, Algonquin College’s Personal Support Worker students will take classes at Perley Rideau where they can interact with the residents and tenants while accessing Perley Rideau’s experts and resources…. Continue reading

Reprinted from The Perley Rideau News, January 2017

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre and Algonquin College have entered a formal partnership that will see the creation of a ground-breaking health-care classroom and learning environment.

The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 13th outlining the plans to create and consult on the delivery of educational programs, clinical services and research initiatives. Under the new agreement, Algonquin College’s Personal Support Worker students will take classes at Perley Rideau where they can interact with the residents and tenants while accessing Perley Rideau’s experts and resources.

Speaking on the importance of this collaboration, Perley Rideau Chief Executive Officer Akos Hoffer explained: “This takes our long-standing partnership with Algonquin College to the next level. We look forward to supporting the creation of a differentiated learning experience that will develop news skills and new sensitivities for the PSWs training in our home.”

Cheryl Jensen, President of Algonquin College, affirmed the benefits of experiential learning for students, “Course work is important, but there can be no substitute for the moment when one of our Personal Support Worker students help a resident here to stand up. Or reach something. Or remember,” she said.

During the event, PSW Engelyn Caballero, reflected on her training at Algonquin College and her work at Perley Rideau.

“It (Algonquin College) prepared me to always seek help if I don’t know a specific procedure. As my professor would always say, ‘There is no nonsense question from a person who is trying to be the best version of themselves and putting their whole effort to become a positive team player’,” said Engelyn, who graduated in 2016. “Perley Rideau has made me fall in love with my chosen career more deeply because of its warm hospitality to newly hired staff and an open-arm acceptance.”

Classes are expected to start in the spring of this year. Interested individuals should contact Algonquin College for more information. Watch for news and updates on this exciting collaboration in the weeks ahead.


Excerpt of remarks by Akos Hoffer, announcing partnership with Algonquin College

Akos Hoffer, CEO, Perley Rideau

“Today, we are entering into an agreement with Algonquin College that will unlock the potential of our already great relationship. So why are we doing this?

For one thing, our environment is changing quickly:

  • Funding will become more and more of a challenge;
  • The expectations of our funders and those we serve are also increasing; and
  • Recruiting staff in the future will be more difficult.

Our reputation would be nothing without the compassionate and diligent care provided by our frontline staff, many of whom are educated by Algonquin College. But the changing environment will present some unique challenges, and we know we will have to do some unique things to respond, including our partnership with Algonquin.

Before we proceed, I would like to point out what a pleasure it has been to work with the entire Algonquin team. They truly live up to the values of your organization, many of which are shared by Perley Rideau.”


Remarks by Engelyn Caballero, PSW, during the event to announce Perley Rideau’s partnership with Algonquin College

Engelyn Caballero, PSW. Perley Rideau

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.

My name is Engelyn Caballero and I am very honored to be part of this ceremony to represent Algonquin — the school that became my aid to take my first step towards my goal, and Perley Rideau — where I will have my resignation handshake with Mr. Akos Hoffer in 43 years from now.

I graduated from Algonquin last October of 2016 and I have been working at Perley Rideau for almost 2 months and during these months, I am gaining beneficial tips from coworkers, discovering my inner capabilities and enjoying my down time with some amusing residents.

Algonquin has prepared me, as PSW, to give my full potential and be selfless with my acts and words that will help individuals who are in need and help improve their quality of life.

Furthermore, it prepared me to ALWAYS SEEK HELP if I don’t know a specific procedure. As my professor would always say, “There is no nonsense question from a person who is trying to be the best version of themselves and putting their whole effort to become a positive team player.”

I would recommend the Algonquin program to other people because of its sufficiency with the curriculum and the valuable lessons that students will receive from the professors based on their experience.

Perley Rideau has made me fall in love with my chosen career more deeply because of its warm hospitality to newly hired staff and an open arm acceptance from the facility.

Thank you everyone and enjoy the rest of the day.”