We are currently leading or partnering on the following research projects:

Title: Caregiver perspectives of the unintended consequences of the COVID-19 institutional visitation restrictions

About The Study: We are looking for family members/friends (caregivers) of an older adult living in long-term care or a retirement home to share their experiences with COVID-19 visitor restrictions.

For more information, please view the recruitment poster or email Stacey Hawkins.

Principal Investigator (PI): 

Stacey A. Hawkins, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University; Director of Research and Evaluation, Seniors Care Network; Interdisciplinary Fellow, Canadian Frailty Network


Sarah Carbone, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto; Canadian Frailty Network

Molly Gallibois, University of New Brunswick; Canadian Frailty Network

Julie Reid, McMaster University; Canadian Frailty Network

Julia Shaw, University of Ottawa; Canadian Frailty Network

External Funder/Sponsor:

The researchers are funded by the Canadian Frailty Network (Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network), which is supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.

This study has been reviewed by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech University) Research Ethics Board (#16186) on March 12, 2021.

Exploring The Qualitative Shadowing Method: 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: Ontario Tech University, University of Waterloo

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.

Related Resources: Older Adult Experience Survey and Implementation Guide

Related Article: Gilsenan, R., Schwartz, R., Gutmanis, I. A., Day, A. M., Ryan, D. P., Brander, R. R., Milne, K., & Molnar, F. (2021). Collaborative Development of an Older Adult Experience Survey for Specialized Geriatric Services. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 24(2), 96-110.

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

We are currently supporting the following 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.

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