Growing Partnership with Niagara College

In September, Radiant Care and Niagara College will be taking their partnership to a new level by offering an entirely on-site PSW program at Tabor Manor with some unused rooms being converted into living classrooms, complete with Long-Term Care beds and virtual, electronic residents, as well as direct access to Tabor Manor’s Long-Term Care home and Community Support Service program, in order to fulfill program clinical placement requirements.

Reprinted from Radiant Care News

Radiant Care’s growing relationship with Niagara College is improving the lives of employees, residents, tenants, and seniors in our community, with new initiatives on the horizon.

Radiant Care and Niagara College have an ongoing partnership through which Niagara College Nursing students complete clinical placements at Radiant Care to develop their Nursing skills and gain experience working in the Long-Term Care and Community Support Service sectors.

In September, Radiant Care and Niagara College will be taking the partnership to a new level by offering an entirely on-site PSW program at Tabor Manor with some unused rooms being converted into living classrooms, complete with Long-Term Care beds and virtual, electronic residents, as well as direct access to Tabor Manor’s Long-Term Care home and Community Support Service program, in order to fulfill program clinical placement requirements. The innovative curriculum is geared to student needs through modular design, thereby striking a balance between training and work. The first class is scheduled to begin in September, with current enrollment of 24 students. This program will impact clients directly through the provision of contemporary models of care, as well as a steady volume of much-needed skilled workers.

It is through innovative partnerships such as this, that Radiant Care seeks to make an impact in addressing local Health Human Resource challenges for itself and within the broader sector.

Newest Living Classroom opens in Hamilton

Schlegel Villages, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute of Aging (RIA) and Mohawk College have partnered to open a third Living Classroom at the Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton.

Schlegel Villages, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute of Aging (RIA) and Mohawk College have partnered to open a third Living Classroom at the Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton.

In this new location, Mohawk College students enrolled in the personal support worker program have access to a classroom, computer lab, skills lab, faculty offices, a student lounge and a mock apartment identical to those at the long-term care home where the classroom is embedded. They will also work directly within the Wentworth Heights community right from the start, getting hands-on experience with residents and team members.

The Living Classroom was developed as an innovative educational experience to encourage students to pursue a career path working with older adults. Living Classroom graduates are often better prepared to support the changing needs of the aging population, building workforce capacity in the senior living sector. This model of experiential learning was first developed in partnership with the RIA and Conestoga College.

Crystal Lee, a student enrolled in the Mohawk program is excited by the opportunities the Living Classroom offers. “It means a lot to be in the Village because this is what I want to do, this is my calling. With this experience I think there is a better chance for me to get a job right out of the program.”

At the opening on January 31, James Schlegel, President of Schlegel Villages, talked about the Living Classroom program as an opportunity for learners to be integrated right into the village to enhance their learning experience and enhance the lives of residents as well.

“The Living Classroom creates a rich learning experience for students and encourages Wentworth Heights residents and team members to be part of the learning environment as coaches and mentors thus bringing more meaning to their lives and work respectively — a true triple win!”

The Wentworth Heights program is the third Living Classroom to open at Schlegel Villages. The first opened at the Village of Riverside Glen (Guelph, Ontario) in 2009 and the second opened at The Village of University Gates (Waterloo, Ontario) in 2015 in partnership with the RIA.

Read more about the Living Classroom at Wentworth Heights on the Mohawk College website.

Discover the new PSW training facility at the Village of Wentworth Heights

Mohawk College and Schlegel Villages are collaborating to launch a new Living Classroom in Hamilton. Classes begin in January 2019.

Mohawk College and Schlegel Villages are collaborating to launch a new Living Classroom in Hamilton. Classes begin in January 2019.

The Personal Support Worker Program at Mohawk College in Hamilton is taught using a variety of methods, including online, classroom lecture, clinical and lab experiences and field placement.

Complete your certificate with a focus in gerontology by working with adults at the new training facility at The Village of Wentworth Heights.

For more information about the PSW Program, visit www.mohawkcollege.ca.

Now That’s Innovation. Sault College and Algoma Manor Team Up in Thessalon.

Reprinted by permission from Sault Online

There is a shortage of health care workers in our community. In response to this community need, Sault College developed a unique partnership with Algoma Manor in Thessalon to offer the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program directly in the community.

The partnership with Algoma Manor was developed by the College through its Continuing Education and Employment Solutions departments. The joint effort was made to assist rural communities along the north shore, who are having difficulty filling PSW vacancies. “The need for more PSWs in the area was identified by Algoma Manor and Employment Solutions Blind River,” said Lori Crosson, Program Manager, Continuing Education, Sault College. “Once these needs were identified, we worked together on offering the program to assist employers and our students. We are focused on providing access to education for all and this was one way we could help to accomplish this goal,” she added.

The program, which is offered through Sault College’s Continuing Education department, began May 24 and runs through to mid-December. It currently has 16 full-time students, eleven of which are sponsored by Algoma Manor through the Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG). Other students have been sponsored by various businesses, Indigenous supports and through the Second Career program.

COJG provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to increase the skills of their workforce with help from the government. COJG provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer consortia applicants who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver training to employees.

The programming takes place at Algoma Manor with Sault College instructors delivering the curriculum. For Algoma Manor offering this program is critical to the service they provide. “It is a truly unique opportunity to be able to receive a post-secondary education in a rural community and have it covered financially through the Ontario Canada Job Grant. It is a wonderful example of how grant dollars can be used to the maximum in an integrated approach” said Pam Ficociello, Director of Care Algoma Manor.

While registration for this particular program is closed, Sault College Continuing Education will be offering a full-time online PSW program beginning fall 2018. Sault College is also offering its full-time PSW on campus program beginning fall 2018.

Employers interested in supporting new or current staff in becoming qualified PSWs, please contact Lori Crosson at 705-759-2554 ext. 2442 or lori.crosson@saultcollege.ca.

For more information about the COJG or to learn how employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs and up to $15,000 to hire and train new employees, please contact Employment Solutions 705-945-0705, 421 Bay Street Station Tower 4th floor and ask to speak with the COJG specialist.

The vision of Sault College is to provide a transformative life experience through empowering those who study with us to think and learn in progressive, innovative ways, including those we have not yet imagined. Sault College grants Ontario College certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, and degrees to its graduates. The College is the largest deliverer of apprenticeship training in all of Northern Ontario. Sault College has a significant economic impact on the community, with spinoffs in excess of $158 million. Over $1.8 million dollars in scholarships, bursaries and awards are distributed annually to students at the College. Located on the border to the United States and situated in the middle of three of the largest Great Lakes on the planet, Sault College is one of 24 publicly-funded colleges in the province of Ontario.

Bonnechere Manor Partners with Algonquin College to Offer Personal Support Worker Program Onsite

A critical shortage of Personal Support Workers (PSW) in Renfrew has led to a partnership between Algonquin College and the County of Renfrew to deliver a PSW program at Bonnechere Manor. The program will begin in January of 2019 and will be solely delivered at the long-term care home, providing students with an exceptional opportunity to learn within one of the largest health care settings in the county.

Reprinted from County of Renfrew News

RENFREW, ON: A critical shortage of Personal Support Workers (PSW) in Renfrew has led to a partnership between Algonquin College and the County of Renfrew to deliver a PSW program at Bonnechere Manor. The program will begin in January of 2019 and will be solely delivered at the long-term care home, providing students with an exceptional opportunity to learn within one of the largest health care settings in the county.

Bonnechere Manor’s Director of Long-Term Care, Shelley Sheedy, says it’s an exciting partnership, particularly for students. “Immersion in our home’s setting will ensure the students acquire the values required to work in a long-term care environment. Our residents and staff are very familiar with having Algonquin students on site and welcome this more integrated partnership,” says Sheedy.

Over the past several months, Bonnechere Manor as well as other health care providers in the region, have had difficulty filling Personal Support Worker positions. An aging population has put a lot of pressure on the health care system and PSW’s are on the front line in providing support services to the elderly and adults who need personal care.

Algonquin College’s Chair of Health and Community Studies, Megan Conway, says the College’s top priority is to create programming opportunities that meet the demands of the labour market. “In this situation we have a health care partner that is struggling to fill vacancies for Personal Support Workers and is willing to make space available to the college to deliver a program. This is a great example of a collaborative learning model that benefits the employer, students and the college. We are very pleased to offer this program in Renfrew where the need for highly trained PSW’s is great and currently unmet.”

Elected officials with the County of Renfrew are highly supportive of the partnership. County Warden Jennifer Murphy calls it a proactive step that “Supports Bonnechere Manor’s longer-range PSW recruitment plan, adding it also helps the many other health care organizations that rely on PSW’s as the backbone of their health care teams.”

Bonnechere Manor is a 180 bed long-term care home that has been operating in Renfrew since 1958. The Home provides 24 hour nursing care, accommodations, meals, physiotherapy programs and a variety of social and recreational activities for its residents.

Algonquin College has been operating since 1967 and offers 21 full-time programs at its Pembroke Campus. The College delivers several health care programs including Personal Support Worker, Practical Nursing and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Over the years, students in these programs have benefitted from clinical placements provided at several health care facilities including Bonnechere Manor.

For more information, visit our website at www.countyofrenfrew.on.ca or call:

Shelley Sheedy, Director of Long-Term Care, 613 433-8307
Michael Barber, Media Relations/Grants Coordinator, 613-735-7288


Algonquin College – Personal Support Worker Program – Bonnechere Manor Official Announcement

Supporting long-term care students, staff

A shortage of Personal Support Workers in the region has piqued Confederation College’s interest. Hospital beds are full or near-full in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout, and long-term care facilities in the district are struggling to find staff to work in the PSW field. To improve the college’s PSW program in the hopes to attract more students and help graduation rates, Confederation College, Patricia Region Seniors Services Inc., ParaMed and the District of Kenora Home for the Aged teamed up to create a ‘living classroom’ in Pinecrest in Kenora last year, and now the program is expanding to Dryden.

Reprinted by permission from Kenora Online

A shortage of Personal Support Workers in the region has piqued Confederation College’s interest. Hospital beds are full or near-full in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout, and long-term care facilities in the district are struggling to find staff to work in the PSW field.

To improve the college’s PSW program in the hopes to attract more students and help graduation rates, Confederation College, Patricia Region Seniors Services Inc., ParaMed and the District of Kenora Home for the Aged teamed up to create a ‘living classroom’ in Pinecrest in Kenora last year, and now the program is expanding to Dryden.

The ‘living classroom’ model combines classroom learning and hands-on experience to support students in completing the PSW program. Students will immediately be able to apply the theory they learn in the classroom by practising their skills in the health-care setting.

“We’re so pleased to partner with these organizations to help provide a solution to the shortage of PSWs being faced by the local community,” said Jim Madder, President of Confederation College.

Dryden’s Confederation College will host the program beginning this fall at the connected Princess Court and Patricia Gardens facilities.

“In the long term care field we are experiencing an increase in demand for personal support workers while at the same time the College is experiencing decreasing enrolment in the personal support worker program,” said Kevin Queen, CEO and District Administrator of District of Kenora Home for the Aged.

“This unique collaborative approach with four organizations brings the classroom into the workplace providing the student the ability to practice the classroom lessons in the workplace immediately. The result is a more confident and proficient graduate. We are very pleased to be part of this effective collaboration.”

Earlier this year, Queen’s Park announced it is investing $187 million in 2018-2019 to improve access to hospital beds and reduce wait times in hospitals across the province. Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care says they will also be investing in more home and community care services, as well as more long-term care beds across the province.

The 2018 Ontario Budget doubled-down on the initiative, announcing funding for another 30,000 long-term care beds being created over the next 10 years, adding 5,000 new beds by 2022.

‘Living Classroom’ Program Launched to Address Shortage of PSWs in Dryden

Confederation College alongside healthcare partners District of Kenora Home for the Aged (DKH), Patricia Region Senior Services Inc. (PRSS) and ParaMed announced the introduction of an innovative curriculum delivery model to the Dryden community.

Confederation College Partners with Local Healthcare Organizations to More Closely Align Education with Work Experience

Confederation College Community News, March 21, 2018

Confederation College alongside healthcare partners District of Kenora Home for the Aged (DKH), Patricia Region Senior Services Inc. (PRSS) and ParaMed announced the introduction of an innovative curriculum delivery model to the Dryden community. Together they launched the ‘Living Classroom’ Personal Support Worker (PSW) program, which will be offered by Confederation’s Dryden campus starting this fall. The model combines classroom and real-life experiences to support students in completing the one-year certificate program.

“We’re so pleased to partner with these organizations to help provide a solution to the shortage of PSWs being faced by the local community,” said Jim Madder, President of Confederation College. “We originally launched this delivery model at our Lake of the Woods Campus in Kenora and in expanding to Dryden, we are looking forward to supporting more students through access to this unique learning opportunity where they call home.”

Studying on-site at the connected Princess Court (DKH) and Patricia Gardens (PRSS) facilities, the inter-professional, interactive learning environment will help students gain the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in a PSW career. They will immediately be able to apply the theory they learn in the classroom by practicing their skills in the healthcare setting. In addition, students may be provided the opportunity to gain meaningful part-time employment when not fulfilling program requirements, supporting students’ ability to earn income, while also supporting the collective need of the partnering organizations.

“In the long term care field we are experiencing an increase in demand for personal support workers while at the same time the College is experiencing decreasing enrollment in the personal support worker program,” said Kevin Queen, CEO and District Administrator of District of Kenora Home for the Aged. “This unique collaborative approach with four organizations brings the classroom into the workplace providing the student the ability to practice the classroom lessons in the workplace immediately. The result is a more confident and proficient graduate. We are very pleased to be part of this effective collaboration.”

Martin MacKinnon, Chairperson of Patricia Region Senior Services Inc. echoed the sentiments. “We are excited about this education opportunity with Confederation College and our community partners,” he said. “The Living Classroom is a unique learning experience that will benefit anyone interested in pursuing the Personal Support Worker career. We recognize that value of hands-on learning and are pleased to invest in this initiative, as we see a true success story for our seniors as well as our community.”

For more information about the ‘Living Classroom’ PSW program, contact the Confederation College Dryden Campus at drydencampus@confederationcollege.ca or (807) 223-3035. Options for tuition assistance – interest-free loans may be available for students.

Breaking barriers in long-term care

It’s a bit of a frustrating situation. While the province is looking at funding more long-term care beds, there may simply not be enough staff to look after any new residents. Michelle Spencer from the District of Kenora has been looking for solutions for a number of years now. While there’s space at Pinecrest for more residents, a lack of staff means more seniors aren’t accepted into long-term care.

Reprinted by permission from Kenora Online

It’s a bit of a frustrating situation. While the province is looking at funding more long-term care beds, there may simply not be enough staff to look after any new residents.

Michelle Spencer from the District of Kenora has been looking for solutions for a number of years now. While there’s space at Pinecrest for more residents, a lack of staff means more seniors aren’t accepted into long-term care.

“You can give us all the money and the hours in the world, but if we don’t have those people, who are interested in doing that job, we’re no further ahead,” she said.

At Pinecrest in Kenora, they’ve developed what they call a living classroom. It allows staff to learn theory in class, then go down the hall and apply it. One of the students enrolled in the training program through Confederation College is Todd Norlen.

“With the Baby Boomers getting older, we’re going to need more PSWs. So, I think it’s a growing industry. Hopefully, the government and everyone involved realizes that, and we can have enough support workers to give the proper care,” he said.

Norlen is actually part of a bumper crop. Usually, two or four students a year would enroll in the personal support worker courses at Confederation College. However, Norlen’s one of seven students, in this year’s living classroom at Pinecrest in Kenora.

“It’s very rewarding,” he said. “Working with our older clients is fun to do. They have a lot of knowledge. They were once young like us, and they need care, as well.”

Michelle Spencer’s the human resources manager at Pinecrest. She says allowing new students to pay off their tuition by working shifts at the long-term care home is helping.

She would also like to see more people brought into the home at an earlier age, so they get used to the idea that it’s not a scary place.

“They build those relationships and see that, you know what, this is good work. This is giving back, and this is something that might interest me, as opposed to ‘Hey, become a PSW.” Well, what is that, and what does that mean?”

Spencer noted the starting wage of $19.09/hr. and benefits package are quite competitive. Still, there’s a shortage of staff in long-term care homes across the province.

Over the winter months, hospitals in Kenora, Dryden and Sioux Lookout have been looking for more space. The lack of long-term care beds in the district has created a backlog, which means it can be harder to admit new patients into local hospitals.

First Group of Students Graduate from New PSW Program

There’s a new program on campus and its first set of students just graduated. The first wave of personal support worker (PSW) students who were in the newly integrated program just graduated in January 2018. The eight-month program offers the original program’s in-class learning alongside additional hands-on experience at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

Reprinted from Algonquin Times

PHOTO: Jennifer Munoz is the co-ordinator for the PSW programs at Algonquin. She is very passionate about the new program that allows students to get hands-on training at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. Photo credit: Natalie Oattes

There’s a new program on campus and its first set of students just graduated.

The first wave of personal support worker (PSW) students who were in the newly integrated program just graduated in January 2018. The eight-month program offers the original program’s in-class learning alongside additional hands-on experience at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

The students start the hands-on work at the Perley and Rideau within the first month.

PSW co-ordinator and Algonquin grad, Jennifer Munoz, was approached by her managers to help with a new project at the Perley and Rideau. The students get to practice resident care in a newly renovated classroom at the centre with four beds and four mannequins to practice their skills.

“The students are able to learn their role as a PSW. They learn how to provide safe and competent care to their resident,” Munoz said.

Each student is paired up with a staff PSW at the Perley and Rideau. The staff show the students the skills on how to care for residents.

The staff went through mentorship training with Munoz to help the students adapt to the work life of a PSW.

“They learn how to work as a contributing member of the health care team,” Munoz added.

Valerie Little, a graduate of the PSW program with the Perley and Rideau, knows the hands-on experience is just as important as learning from a textbook.

“You learn it from a book, then go to the classroom and execute it perfectly,” Little said.

Little, who was in the sales industry for 30 years, picked this program after gaining skill and experience from looking after her ailing mother for years. This program was all she needed to gain knowledge in the medical field.

Munoz explained there is a need for personal support workers in our community because of the large aging population. Several home care agencies and long-term care homes have contacted Munoz asking for more PSW graduates.

Munoz is very passionate about this new program.

“Personal support workers don’t only provide direct care, for example daily living, but they are also advocates for residents. They can pick up on emotional needs and physical needs and are a companion to the residents.”

Algonquin College, Perley Rideau unveil ground-breaking new classroom

Algonquin College Media Release

(OTTAWA) — Algonquin College and The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre are proud to unveil a ground-breaking new health-care classroom and learning environment.

The classroom, which is on site at the Perley Rideau, allows Algonquin’s Personal Support Workers to take part in a full work-integrated learning environment, experiencing their field in a professional setting with experienced mentors.

“There is no substitute for hands-on, experiential learning,” says Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen. “This classroom provides an unparalleled opportunity for our students to prepare for their careers. Together with our Perley Rideau partners, we are preparing these healthcare workers of the future by setting the highest standards in education and training.”

A year ago, the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlined their joint plans to create and consult on the delivery of educational programs, clinical services and research initiatives. Under the new agreement, the College’s Personal Support Worker students work with the Health Centre’s senior clients and have access to its expertise and resources.

“This enhanced relationship with Algonquin College immerses students in all aspects of the Perley Rideau Village to help improve the lives of residents while supporting volunteers and staff,” says Perley Rideau CEO Akos Hoffer. “It is this type of innovation with a strong partner that helps to ensure future healthcare workers acquire the skills needed to benefit the larger healthcare system.”
The Algonquin College Personal Support Worker program prepares students to work in a health-care setting with individuals who require assistance to remain as independent as possible.

The Perley Rideau is a long-term care home with a long and honoured tradition of serving War Service Overseas Veterans, and that also welcomes seniors from the community. The motto, “Together, we improve the well-being of the people we serve,” reflects a commitment to providing safe, top-quality care for all.

Media Contacts

Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
Jay Innes
Director of Communications
Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
613-526-7171 ext. 2207
613-608-3497
jinnes@prvhc.com
Algonquin College

Ruth Dunley
Communications Manager
Algonquin College
613-727-4723 ext. 6452
613-406-0970
dunleyr@algonquincollege.com