2021 Summer School - Day 3

Webinar 1 - Caregiving with Soul: Supporting Residents’ Spiritual Lives
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

(Care and Services)

Learning Objectives:

  • Consider what the pandemic has taught us about the value and role of spiritual care in the lives of many residents, their families and how this can complement other forms of care homes provide.
  • Participate in a short meditation and group self-reflection and sharing exercise for en-hancing empathy in caregiving.
  • Explore how spiritual care practitioners can support the spiritual lives and growth of residents from diverse faith backgrounds including one home’s experience working with community spiritual leaders to assist its Indigenous residents.

Steve Robertson, Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Care Specialist, Hogarth Riverview Manor, Thunder Bay

Webinar 2 - The Dementia-Friendly Home: Simple Low-Cost Ideas from the World of Interior Design
Tuesday, August 31, 2021               
:15 AM - 11:15 AM

(Clinical Submissions)

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to address some typical LTC design challenges by applying design principles and evidence-based research findings. 
  • Review current research into the impact of the built environment on stress in people living with dementia, leading to maladaptive behaviours.
  • Hear about design tweak experimentation done by the speaker and lessons learned.
  • Share and discuss solutions to some of your design issues and take away 3 or 4 low-cost ideas to make your home more supportive and enabling for everyone.

Marg Pattillo, Long-Term Care Redesign Advocate 

Webinar 3 - Success Story: Creating Great Virtual Visits through Partnership and Innovation
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

(Technology and Innovation)

Session sponsored by:

Learning Objectives: 

  • Hear about the local partnership and innovative approach one home used to develop a virtual visiting program that will expand social opportunities for residents beyond the pandemic.
  • Discover what the home did to train local and international families/caregivers in virtual visiting and optimize the experience for residents.
  • See how to use an online scheduling system to make your virtual visiting program more effective and explore the online platform this home used for these visits.

Candice McMullen, Resident Services Coordinator, County of Lennox and Addington

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Steve works in Spiritual Care at a Long Term care facility in Thunder Bay at a 400+ bed site with another Chaplain. They use the term Chaplain with residents since most understand the term. Steve’s experience has ranged from acute care, ICU, NICU, Emerg/Trauma to Long Term Care including the end-of-life journey and all the other life changes faced by a resident who moves into LTC. It all and began in 1989 as a volunteer in Spiritual Care and he thanks his parents for the experience of two very different deaths, which was the springboard to his calling. He very much cherishes working with residents and families who suffer the ravages of dementia and the long-suffering losses it presents the resident and family. The life challenges faced by another human needing to move into LTC are varied and sometimes traumatic. Using spiritual and religious supports they care for them in their new, sometimes unwelcome environment. COVID-19 has offered special challenges where they have applied a very simple and meaningful approach in offering one form of spiritual and religious supports as taught by Tim Frymire in Winnipeg. Steve feels very fortunate to be here today and share this and what else spiritual care may offer.