undergoing a usability test in 11 long-term care homes in
Ontario, and will be reviewed at the end of October.
Programs like these are important in helping residents with
cognitive impairments connect in more meaningful ways
with home staff and other residents. Still, the day-to-day
efforts that make a lasting difference. These can take the
form of fostering one-on-one relationships, conducting
continuous in-home training, facilitating active lifestyles,
and making sure everyone is encouraged and empowered
to make a difference in the lives of their peers.
are so important, so we really do encourage
residents and staff to facilitate those smaller one-to-one
programs, or very small group activities, where people can
have the time and opportunity to get to know each other
in that intimate says Lender. person in every
long-term care home has a story, a full life of experiences,
and a full sense of personhood that deserves to be known
and celebrated. where empathy is born, and
where the collective voice through Councils
Sharron Cooke, President of the OARC Board of Directors, believes wholeheartedly in the value of including all
residents in the operations of a home. For her, publishing
education articles in Seasons newsletter, leading
training initiatives in her own long-term care home, and
engaging residents with cognitive impairments have contributed to a greater quality of life.
recently invited a gentleman who has cognitive changes to be part of our Council Leadership Team,
and while we know going to be a challenge, I try to
remind our team that OK if he forgets something today,
remember something else she says.
has good input and I know he is going to be able to help.
Being on the leadership team will give him a purpose, which will help him feel good about
important, adds Cooke, is understanding that all
residents come to the table with different strengths, and
that homes can benefit greatly when those strengths are
identified and the needs of everyone are communicated.
Lender agrees, emphasizing, you have a resident who
advocate for themselves, or express what they
need or want, then we as staff and other residents need to
build relationships with them so we can be their LTCT
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