OARC Education and Events

Upcoming Events

Live Webinar - April 10, 2019 - 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Residents Welcoming Residents: Peer Support Opportunities to Enhance the Transition to Long-Term Care

Co-presenters: Devora Greenspon, OARC Secretary/Treasurer and Melissa McVie, Education and Home Support Facilitator

Regardless of the circumstances that precipitates a move to LTC, this physical relocation is often accompanied by many strong feelings and emotions for residents and their loved ones. Residents experience a number of life changes, including real and perceived losses following the move. Residents’ Council members can play a significant role in supporting their peers through this time of transition. Join OARC Board Director, Devora Greenspon and OARC’s Education Facilitator, Melissa McVie, as they candidly discuss programs and strategies that residents can champion within the home to enhance the move-in experience, including the creation of a Welcoming Committee, and other initiatives.

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Live Webinar - May 8, 2019 - 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Residents’ Councils Influencing Human Resources in Long-Term Care Homes

Speakers and Description TBA

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Live Webinar - June 19, 2019 - 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Supporting Ontario LTC Homes and Secondary Schools Identify and Maximize Partnership Opportunities: Intergenerational Toolkit

Guest Speakers: Kate Ducak, MA, CPG, Project Officer | Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) | Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) and Emma Bender | Program Assistant | Research Institute for Aging

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Live Webinar - July , 2019 - 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Cohesive Living in Long-Term Care: Supporting Your Peers

Guest Speakers: Samir K. Sinha, MD, DPhil FRCPC, Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health Systems and University Health Network, Toronto

Residents in long-term care homes live with peers experiencing cognitive changes. Residents who are not experiencing these changes, but live with those who are, can feel ill equipped to deal with difficult situations. Residents' Councils can support their fellow residents by developing ways to work with and communicate with those experiencing cognitive changes. Join expert Geriatrician, Dr. Samir Sinha, as he speaks to the work of the National Dementia Strategy and provides some guidance that will contribute to living cohesively in long-term care.

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Education/Information Sessions  

OARC delivers education designed to support, strengthen and build capacity for Residents’ Councils in long-term care homes.  We provide direct support, tools, procedures, guidance and engage the long-term care sector at a provincial level to support an enabling environment for residents.  Click on the links below to learn more about what OARC offers.

Monthly Webinars

OARC holds live interactive webinars* from 2:30 to 3:30 pm (EST) on the second Wednesday of each month.  Topics are selected based on member needs and Residents’ Council trends.  The webinars are free of charge and require registration.  Click here to view archived webinars.

Leading and Supporting Residents’ Councils in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

Starting May 16th, 2017 OARC will begin to release virtual education modules offering primary Residents’ Council education for Council leaders and supporters.  The modules are easy to access through GoToTraining and are free of charge.  Click on the links below to access the modules.

Through Our Eyes: Bringing the Residents Bill of Rights Alive

Working together, this unique program guides long-term care home teams of staff and residents to co-develop and co-facilitate education sessions about the Residents’ Bill of Rights (LTCHA 2007). The program provides educators with a step-by-step guide, videos, exercises and resources to develop the education. Click here to order and learn more about this program

Togetherness Training Workshop

This is a unique 2-day workshop that brings together the 3 roles that are key in the success of Residents’ Councils; the Administrator, Residents’ Council President and the Residents’ Council Assistant.  Participants have hands-on learning experiences as they build their team through a variety of exercises, reflections and evaluations.  Teams are introduced to and learn how to use important tools that identify, organize and support resident feedback.  Togetherness Training is offered on-line and in-person.  Togetherness Training Workshop fee is $375 per home team.  To request a virtual group session (8 homes maximum), contact the OARC office.

Request for Residents’ Council Education and Support

Haven’t found the information you’re looking for? Would you like to request further education or support? Please complete and submit this form. An OARC staff member will confirm the receipt of your request within 7 business days to begin a plan that suits your Residents’ Council needs.

*OARC uses GoToMeeting and GoToTraining for virtual education.  For more information and to test your connection click here.
Virtual, internet based education is accessible and convenient but can sometimes be unpredictable.  We will do our best to provide you with a quality experience.  Should a significant interruption occur, that affects the entire group, we will close the lines and reschedule the webinar.  Additionally, most OARC webinars are archived and accessible.



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