Safely Together: Physical Distancing Best Practices

Tuesday, June 2 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM WEBINAR

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We know how important social connections are for our residents, but how can we help them maintain contact with family and friends while keeping them and our homes safe from COVID-19? Learn from the best practices of three different organizations serving seniors and other vulnerable adults in care settings: St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph and Elder Care; St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (Cornwall); and Seasons Care Inc. Dietitian Network. Discover how they are facilitating safe outdoor visits, using technology innovatively to promote connections between residents and with loved ones, and helping homes to manage dining operations whether they are facing an outbreak or not. 


Derek Soares is the Director of Information Systems and Decision Support for St. Joseph’s Continuing Care, a registered charitable organization operated by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in Cornwall, Ontario. He has more than fifteen years of information technology experience in the acute care, complex continuing care and long-term care sectors.

Michelle Chiarcos, Corporate Dietitian, Seasons Care Dietitian Network. As a Corporate Dietitian with Seasons Care, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and practical solutions in Seniors Nutrition. Her passion for food and nutrition, combined with her commitment to compassionate and caring care for Seniors, is what drives Michelle in her quest to make a difference for those we serve.  With her Corporate Team, she plays a critical role in the success of dietary programs and initiatives in Long Term Care. She provides support to Season Care's clients, partners and Registered Dietitians through corporate guidance, dietary reviews, auditing, planning and education development to meet and exceed industry standards and practices. She has a strong passion for maintaining the nutritional well-being and promoting quality of life for Residents in Long Term Care by practicing a "Food-first" approach. 

David Wormald currently holds the position of President at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre Brantford, and Vice President Elder Care, St. Joseph’s Health System.

David is the co-chair of the Waterloo-Wellington (WW) Older Adult Steering Committee, WW Specialized Geriatric Services, and the WW Rehabilitative Complex Continuing Care Council. As well, he is an executive member of the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario and the OHA Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Provincial Leadership Council.

David serves as a Board Director for AdvantAge Ontario as well as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada, Accreditation Canada International and Advisory Services.

David is a graduate of the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and holds a dual registration with the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario in Radiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. David received his diploma in Health Administration from the Ontario Hospital Association; an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Toronto; Master of Business Administration from McMaster University, De Groote School of Business and Chartered Director designation from The Directors College (McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada).

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