Win-Win-Win Opportunities

The Living Classroom offers many advantages to a variety of stakeholders in the post-secondary educator and long-term care alliance. Here are a few of the win-win-win opportunities.

Post-Secondary Faculty

  • Exposure to the daily practices and events within the Long-Term Care home
  • Involvement in all aspects of caregiving and social engagement
  • Participation as an active Long-Term Care team member in the provision of evidence-informed care and services
  • Opportunities to work with the LTC team and refine curriculum and lesson plans for the LC

Long-Term Care Teams

  • Involvement and exposure to new clinical practices and approaches
  • Ability to visit the Living Classroom skills lab and practice and update their caregiving skills and knowledge
  • Assistance from students with resident care
  • Broadened social interaction and engagement
  • Opportunities for personal growth and development through mentoring the next generation of Personal Support Worker students

“Students that we have hired [from the LC program] have been phenomenal — they get what we are going for, they understand resident-centred care, they understand interprofessional collaboration where other people, not having that kind of experiential education, are a little behind on that.”
— LTC team member

Students

  • Access to a Post-Secondary Educator program closer to where they live
  • Involvement in a unique learning opportunity
  • Exposure to a variety of mentors and role models
  • Ability to gain the aptitude and capability to care and provide services to older adults and their families
  • Support to grow as leaders in their career as PSWs
  • Graduating as PSWs who are workforce ready for Long-Term Care

“I definitely learned more hands on than I did from a book or a teacher.”
— Student in the Living Classroom

Older Adults and Families

  • Involvement in student interactions, teaching, and sharing knowledge and wisdom with the students
  • Opportunities to attend or participate in Living Classroom activities and lesson plans to help strengthen student training and learning

“Remarkable, many seem more motivated and more dedicated to their work when helping us.”
— Resident of the Village of Riverside Glen


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