Research

Seniors Care Network continues to lead the following applied research projects:

Developing a Competency Framework for Dementia Care – a project to develop core behavioural statements to guide supportive relationships and care for people living with dementia. [K.Kay] Research Collaborators: University of Western Ontario, Ontario Shores, McCormack Homes.

Exploring The Qualitative Shadowing Method Through Humanist, Critical Ethnography: The Role Of The Geriatric Emergency Management Nurse – a project to identify the role of the GEM nurse in hospital organizations [S. Hawkins]. Research Collaborators: University of Waterloo, UOIT

Collaborative Development Of A Core Set Of Patient Experience Measurement Items For Specialized Geriatric Services In Ontario – a project to develop common set of core survey items for measuring the patient experience in SGS [R. Schwartz]. Research Collaborators: RGP of Eastern Ontario, Northeast Regional Geriatric Centre.

Collaborative Development Of A Core Set Of Caregiver Experience Measurement Items For Specialized Geriatric Services In Ontario – a project to develop common set of core survey items for measuring the patient experience in SGS [R. Schwartz]. Research Collaborators: RGP of Eastern Ontario, Northeast Regional Geriatric Centre and RGP of Southeastern Ontario.

Comparison of Publically Funded Dementia Assessment and Care Services in the Central East LHIN (Canadian Consortium on Neuro-degeneration and Aging (CCNA) ROSA-LHIN Extension Study) – study designed as an extension to the study “Assessing care models implemented in primary health care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders” (Bergman & Vedel), part of the portfolio of research underway through the CCNA, ROSA Team. The ROSA-LHIN Extension Study is evaluating the three different models of memory services in the Central East LHIN: primary care, mental-health/psychiatry, and SGS (i.e. GAIN). The Principal Investigator is Dr. Jenny Ingram. [S. Hawkins, K. Kay, R. Schwartz]. Research Collaborators: McGill University, McMaster University

Understanding And Responding To The Discourse Of Frailty And Its Impact On Health Service Design For Older People – a doctoral thesis study that uses institutional ethnography to explore how the priorities expressed in government policy related to aging at home may be thwarted by existing health service designs. [K. Kay]. Research Collaborators: University of Toronto.

Seniors Care Network is currently supporting the following applied research projects:

Laura I.L. Poulin, PhD Cand., Trent University

Project Title: Transitional Care of Rural Older Adults: Understanding Older Adult Health Construction and the Influence of Multidimensional Contexts on the Transitional Care of Older Adults in Rural Communities

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Mark Skinner (Trent University)

PhD Committee: Dr. Mark Skinner, Dr. Mary Fox, and Dr. Donna Patrick

Laura Poulin is a PhD Candidate at Trent University interested in the dynamic interplay between older adults, health and rural communities. The main focus of her research is the transitional care of rural older adults. Laura has an extensive background in health care working with older adults in rural communities and started her career as a Social Worker and a Recreation Therapist in Long-Term Care. After receiving her Masters in Health Administration, she conducted project management in senior’s residential care in the private sector. More recently, Laura worked in acute care consulting on older adults with complex needs. It is through this extensive experience that Laura is inspired to leverage research to improve the care of older adults in rural communities.