ONTARIO CENTRES FOR LEARNING, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Team development and knowledge sharing are also top of
mind at CLRI. Several educational projects have
offered leadership training to RNs and RPNs, connected
nursing students to the long-term care community, and
enhanced oral care services in long-term care for both
English and French homes.
Overall, says Orosz, the value of work within the
long-term care field is clear: are doing their best to
meet the needs of the residents with the limited resources
they have, so it can be a challenge for them to consider
innovation in research, learning and care delivery.
where CLRIs can come
a lot of training and materials for oral care providers in English, but also has a francophone home,
so it was an ideal location to take a tool that hygienists use
to assess oral health and translate it into French. The new
tool was validated, and we even explored adding visuals
to make it easier for PSWs to identify oral care issues and
communicate this to registered explains Zsofia
Orosz, Manager at the CLRI. She adds that a
bilingual two-minute video was also developed that can be
used to discuss the importance of oral care with staff.
Additionally, notes Orosz, CLRI research has
shed new light on triggers of responsive behaviours and
explored opportunities around specialized long-term care
units. can apply for a specialized unit designation,
and our research looked at what opportunities exist to
enhance care in these says Orosz.
on the legislation and the experiences of existing units, we
developed a toolkit for homes that are considering applying for setting up a specialized
These initiatives provide a snapshot of some of the work
CLRIs have undertaken throughout the five-year program.
The initial CLRI program funding ended in March 2016,
with a subsequent transitional year of funding extended to
March 2017. In anticipation of a second phase, Baycrest,
and Schlegel have been engaged in province-wide
consultations with an array of stakeholders to advocate
for funding renewal and to shape the next iteration of the
program, dubbed CLRI 2.0. A report with recommendations and feedback from this sectoral consultation has
been passed along to the Ontario Ministry of Health and
In the meantime, all long-term care stakeholders are encouraged to get involved by continuing to give their feedback and by exploring sector collaborations with CLRIs.
really want to find out from homes how we can be
helpful to them, how they would like to be engaged in the
program, and how we can help them share what
learned and the innovations made with the longterm care says Meyer. no means does
innovation reside solely within the CLRIs. everywhere.
So the question going forward is how do we collectively
harness and share the wisdom of the LTCT
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