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

July 1, 2020 | News

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... Continue reading

Aged care: Some workers feel they’ve drawn the short straw

March 17, 2020 | News

Aged care workers are among the lowest paid and the least qualified in the sector with many feeling like they had "drawn the short straw" if they ended up in their jobs. Yet a highly successful Australian program that provided on the job training, research and education in 16 aged care facilities was dropped in 2015 because the federal government wouldn't fund it.... Continue reading

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

February 22, 2020 | Events

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

Conestoga workshop shares best practices for implementation of Living Classrooms

January 27, 2020 | News

College administrators and faculty from across the province recently attended a full-day best practices workshop delivered by Conestoga’s Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care to discuss the key features of implementing a successful living classroom — an innovative interprofessional approach to preparing students for successful careers working with seniors in long-term care and retirement living.... Continue reading

In Praise of the Living Classroom at Wentworth Heights

December 16, 2019 | News

The expanding LTC sector in Ontario requires quality care partners to meet the growing need. Schlegel Villages is proud to help train them in Living Classrooms at Riverside Glen, University Gates and Wentworth Heights.... Continue reading

Educating future LTC PSWs through a Living Classroom

October 24, 2019 | News

The Living Classroom at Perley Rideau is based on a successful model introduced by Conestoga College and the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. The program meets all of the requirements for the one-year Ontario College PSW Program Certificate.... Continue reading

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

October 15, 2019 | Events

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

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

October 7, 2019 | Events

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

Algonquin College Personal Support Worker Program at Bonnechere Manor a Success!

July 30, 2019 | News

In response to the nation-wide shortage of Personal Support Workers, Bonnechere Manor reached out to their long-time education partner Algonquin College to talk about providing an onsite program at their home. Consistent with the philosophy that Bonnechere Manor is the residents’ home first and foremost, the residents were consulted and enthusiastically welcomed the students into their spaces. Shelley Sheedy, Director of Long-Term Care for the County of Renfrew, says, “This program has truly been a win/win — on May 28, 2019 we held a job fair for area employers of PSWs so that our community could benefit from this partnership as well and this hard-working group of students will gain employment in their community. With our residents, we celebrate the PSW students who participated in the program.”... Continue reading

Growing Partnership with Niagara College

April 15, 2019 | News

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.... Continue reading