Learning from the pandemic? Planning for a long-term care labour force
Long-term care labour shortages have reached crisis proportions. Although intensified by the pandemic, the issues are not new in Canada or other high-income countries. The pandemic has prompted varied responses to the labour crisis, including special investigations producing a wealth of evidence. This project aims to identify major components of a labour force strategy that will ensure a healthy and competent LTC labour force for the future.
Covid-19, families and long-term residential care
The pandemic has exposed the extent to which Ontario families are involved in long-term residential care and made tensions with these families visible. This project aims to document these tensions and to identify promising practices for addressing them now and in the future, partnering with Family Council Network Four and further supported by two additional family council networks.
Changing Places: unpaid work in public spaces
This project looks at the changes and continuities in self-care and family care work with the move from home to residential care. The project seeks to identify the conditions that support unpaid work that is rewarding and meaningful for both families and residents.
More information on the project here.
Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY) (ended March 2020)
This research project evaluated promising programs, practices and policies being used in residential long-term care facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia. Janice Keefe, director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, is the principal investigator. Tamara Daly is a co-lead of Stream 2 – Mapping Care Relationships. Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, Susan Braedley and Jacqueline Choiniere are members of the research team (Stream 2).
Healthy Ageing in Residential Places (HARP) (ended March 2017)
This project, in collaboration with Ottawa’s Bruyère Research Institute, sought to identify healthy ageing strategies for long-term residential care that allow staff and residents to live better, and perhaps longer, more fulfilling lives.
Find more information on the HARP project here.
Invisible Women (ended March 2015)
Gender and the Shifting Division of Labour in Long-Term Residential Care Facilities
This study aimed to better understand if and how residents’ care and workers’ occupational health and safety are affected by a shifting division of labour due to the utilization of informal carers, with an overarching theme of this study exploring how gender affects this shift.
Find more information on the Invisible Women project here.