Current Projects

Quality person-centred care depends on respectful and collaborative relationships among RCAs; however, peer incivility and bullying can significantly disrupt such relationships. This study seeks to better understand residential care aides’ (RCAs) work relationships in long-term care, including peer workplace incivility and bullying, and how they influence care provision.

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Recently, the media has shown a lot of interest in cannabis use among Seniors. However, there is not a lot of research on this topic. This study will help us learn more about the reasons people might use cannabis for the first time when they are 65 years old or older. We also want to learn more about their experiences of using cannabis, for medical or recreational purposes, in later life. .

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Extended-hours adult day centres (EH-ADCs) can potentially play a pivotal role in providing timely and responsive health and social care programming for people with dementia (PWD) and their family caregivers. The purpose of this project is to improve community-based health and social care programming for PWD and their family caregivers by generating an in-depth, contextualized understanding about EH-ADCs that can be used inform policy and programming.

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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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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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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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