Special COVID-19 Education - Free for the senior care sector

AdvantAge Ontario is proud to provide timely, relevant education on COVID-19 for the senior care sector free of charge. This is an initiative supported by the Ministry of Long-Term Care. To view upcoming events, scroll down and look under the COVID-19 Education tab, highlighted below.

Relevant, practical education for a thriving seniors’ care sector.

AdvantAge Ontario offers a full range of education opportunities to expand your professional knowledge, enhance your leadership capabilities, and keep you well informed on sector developments.

We offer a variety of delivery formats to maximum access and engage providers across the province.

In addition to topic-based sessions on emerging issues  throughout the year, we deliver high quality leadership education through the following annual programs:

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Access previous COVID-19 education recordings

Upcoming Events

August 20, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Delivering Sensitive and Compassionate Care through COVID-19
The presence of COVID-19 has stretched and challenged our ability to deliver relationally warm and supportive care. Yet we know how important it is to residents’ mental health and sense of belonging.  

This webinar will give you and your team’s caregivers fresh insights and creative strategies for relational and socially supportive approaches to care within your home’s COVID-19 bubble. We’ll review and deepen your understanding of the psychosocial needs of long-term care residents, how the concept of well-being has been reframed by COVID-19, and share frontline stories of how this session’s ideas are being successfully put into practice for seniors in diverse homes in Ontario. 

Time will be reserved for discussion and questions. Register here

August 27, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

How To Use Social Media for Crisis Communications
Who is responsible for social media in your organization? Is it a priority? If not, it should be. This short, practical webinar will explain why your home needs to be on social media and how you can get started today, even with limited time and resources. 

In times of crisis, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, social media is an essential item in your communication toolbox and a powerful crisis communications tool. Social media platforms can help you keep families up-to-date, answer questions, and proactively share positive stories. We’ll review the various platforms, the basic components of a social media page and explain how to set up a simple posting schedule and page maintenance routine. We’ll touch on best practices and you’ll leave with tips for growing your follower count and a list of ideas about what to post on your page.

This session is designed for both new and experienced social media users, and will be valuable for LTC leaders, managers and staff alike. Be sure to invite those in your organization who are or may one day be responsible for managing your home’s social media presence. 
Register here

August 31, 2020 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

Designing the Long-Term Care Home for COVID and Beyond
We’ve seen through the pandemic how a long-term care home’s design can acutely influence its ability to prevent and respond to infection outbreaks. But design also affects many other important elements of LTC living. Whether you’re building new, redeveloping, or thinking about adaptations to your existing building, this webinar will equip you with essential knowledge and fresh ideas to consider as you plan. We’ll have a detailed discussion of current design standards and recent changes, what they could mean for your home, and the less understood role of mechanical engineering. Learn about the influence of design on infection control and alternative design approaches that also address other aspects of resident well-being, such as smaller clustered settings. Examples of the impact of design during the pandemic’s spring surge will be reviewed and the implications of provincial funding announcements will be discussed. Bring all your questions for the final part of this timely session. Register here

September 3, 2020 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Meaning of Clean during COVID-19: Environmental Hygiene in LTC
Maintaining a hygienic environment has always been a priority in long-term care. But it’s become a critical tool in the all-out effort to prevent and contain COVID-19 outbreaks in our homes. Mark Heller, Director of Aramark Canada’s COVID-19 Response Team for Environmental Hygiene Excellence, will review current industry guidelines and how to apply best practices in environmental hygiene, specifically in LTC. He will share insights on what has been learned so far about cleaning and disinfection during the COVID-19 experience and will discuss what this may mean for cleaning operations going into the fall and a potential “second wave.” Register here.

More events coming soon.