Current Projects

AWAKE During Surgery: Exploring Relational Ethics in the Operating Room.

The Transcatherter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is a minimally invasive procedure, which is beginning to be performed on a subset of patients who are awake. Many of these patients are older adults. As this is a relatively new procedure, little is known about the patient's experience of being awake during the procedure. This study aims to examine that.

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Family Councils in British Columbia's Residential Long-Term Care Sector.

Families can be very engaged in their loved ones’ care. While individual family members’ involvement in residential long-term care has been examined, there is very little research about how Family Councils can be used as a way to include family members in decisions regarding the quality of life of residents. The purpose of this study is to understand how Family Councils are currently used in BC in order to help inform future policy in this area.

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Inviting Dialogue on Experiences of Active Involvement in Long-term Residential Care.

This 4-year study examines how care is negotiated in long-term residential care facilities. The goal is to better understand how to foster supportive collaborative relationships among families, residents and staff and improve the health and well-being of these groups

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 The Effect of Visual Art in a Transitional Care Environment

This interdisciplinary study explores how visual art created for a health care environment can benefit older patients by providing them a sense of meaningful place, and understanding the transformative potential for students engaged in the creation of this art.

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Seek to Understand: Mobility and Physical Activity of Older Men

The study is an applied ethnography that uses a combination of interview, observation, and visual methods in order to obtain an in-depth contextualized understanding of older men’s experiences of mobility in their everyday activities, and what these experiences mean to them.

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Support, Education, networking & Sustained Engagement (SENSE): Knowledge-to-Action with Families of the Frail Elderly Living in Residential Long-term Care.

This pilot study is proposing to co-develop a workshop series with families to provide education, peer support and networking opportunities for families of residents living in residential long-term care facilities. The goal is to foster family members inclusion and improve their involvement in the care of residents.

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Promoting Social Citizenship for People with Dementia through Community-Based Programming.

The aim of this research is to better understand how community-based programming can help people with dementia remain as active and engaged citizens. To do this we are studying two existing programs using interviews and observation methods and also testing the usefulness of innovative methods.

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