OARC Education and Events

Upcoming Events

Live Webinar - May 22, 2019 - 2:30 to 3:30 pm

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

Josie-Lee Gibson, OARC Education and Community Engagement Manager and Guest Speakers Deborah Edwards, Chartwell Aylmer and Dana Houle, The Village of Aspen Lake

Residents rely enormously on staff/team members every day for all their care needs and, through lived experience, can play a vital role in the hiring process.  Participants will learn how long-term care homes have implemented resident engagement in various stages of the hiring process, including attending interviews and developing specific questions for potential employees.  The role residents can play in sharing and identifying what is important to them in a caregiver will be discussed.  This process offers residents to be engaged in a purposeful and meaningful way while exercising their ability to be involved and affect in decisions within their home. 

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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 and Emma Bender, Ontario Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)

Intergenerational partnerships between long-term care (LTC) homes and secondary school students create opportunities to combat ageism, reduce negative perceptions and improve well-being through positive experiences. Using these partnerships to develop experiential learning placements for students can support a recruitment strategy for the future LTC workforce.

By participating in this webinar, you will:

  • Understand the benefits of experiential learning placements in LTC for secondary school students, residents and team members.
  • Learn how to use the guidebook and online toolkit to support LTC homes and secondary schools in establishing meaningful and impactful partnerships.
  • Leave with practical strategies and resources to start or enhance your experiential learning partnership.

Would you like a copy of the guidebook, Experiential Learning in Long-Term Care: A Guidebook for Building Partnerships Between Secondary Schools and LTC Homes? Complete the survey at the end of the webinar and the Ontario CLRI at the RIA will send you one FREE of charge! (Ontario only)

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Live Webinar - July 16, 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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