2017 Recipient of The Global Ageing Network for Excellence in Applied Research Award

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NSCA Fall Newsletter


NSCA STAFF BACK TO ON CAMPUS WORK: Mount Saint Vincent University is now back to full on campus operations. We still recommend the best way to get in touch with us is through individual staff emails (visit our People page) or the Centre’s general email account at nsca@msvu.ca which is being monitored regularly. Thank you

NEW REPORT REVEALS INNOVATIVE PRACTICES USED IN LTC DURING COVID-19: Our new report, Practices of Interest to Support In-Person Family Presence and Communication with Families commissioned by Healthcare Excellence Canada reveals innovative and updated practices used regarding family presence in long-term care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The report looked at strategies from a number of long-term care homes. To read the report go to https://healthcareexcellence.ca/media/jamgqx4q/20211015_supportfamilypresenceandcommunication_en.pdf

SURVEY ON QUALITY OF WORK LIFE IN NOVA SCOTIA CARE HOMES UNDERWAY: NSCA is working with 8 care homes in Nova Scotia to have staff (Continuing Care Assistants, Nurses, Care Managers) complete the TREC COVID Impact Survey. Surveys are being administered directly with CCAs through videoconferencing while regulated nursing staff are completing the survey online. Response to the survey to date has been positive with staff having an opportunity to provide information on job satisfaction, burnout, work engagement, organization context, etc. The Survey tools are part of the Translating Research in Eldercare program at University of Alberta led by Dr. Carole Estabrooks. The survey is being implemented with care homes in BC, AB and MB this fall as well. For more information click  The Unsung Heroes_project summary or contact Dr. Janice Keefe at Janice.keefe@msvu.ca

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS AT CANADIAN ASSOCIATION ON GERONTOLOGY ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Research findings from the Long Term Care Family Visitation and COVID project and the Home Care Pathways project are being shared at CAG annual conference October 21-23. The conference is being held virtually. To register visit CAG2021: Looking Back for a Vision Forward in Gerontology (cagacg.ca)

DR. JANICE KEEFE NAMED A FELLOW OF THE CANADIAN ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES: Dr. Keefe is one of just three health science leaders in the Atlantic region among the 74 newly named 2021 Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Dr. Keefe is one of Canada’s leading researchers on aging, home care, long-term care and caregiving and a resource to municipal, provincial and federal governments on these topics. Her academic output has earned her a Canada Research Chair 2002-12, a named chair in Gerontology at MSVU, and appointments to the CAHS Dementia Assessment Panel in 2019 and the Royal Society of Canada assessment on the impact of COVID on seniors in 2020. She has won awards from the Canadian Association of Gerontology, the Global Ageing Network, and several local organizations. For more information click here. Congratulations Dr. Keefe!

DR. KEEFE SELECTED AS NATIONAL LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES STANDARD TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: The NSCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Janice Keefe has been selected as a member of the Health Standards Organization (HSO) Long-Term Care (LTC) Services Technical Committee, which will lead the work on HSO’s National Long-Term Care Services standard beginning in June 2021. The 32 Technical Committee members, from 11 provinces and territories, were selected to ensure balanced regional and pan-Canadian representation from residents and family members, the long-term care workforce, leadership, policy-makers and researchers (e.g. in dementia, mental health, palliative care, ethics, nutrition, and infection prevention and control). See the list of Technical Committee members.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AVAILABLE: There are currently two Postdoctoral employment positions available for the Home Care Pathways project: Postdoctoral Position: How Approaches to Care Shape the Pathways of Older Adult Home Care Clients. For more information : HC Pathways-PDF Recrtmnt_22July2021

REPORT PREPARED BY NSCA ON STEREOTYPES ABOUT OLDER WORKERS NOW AVAILABLE: A Report prepared by the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging on Stereotypes about Older Workers was released by the Federal\Provincial\Territorial Forum of Minsters Responsible for Seniors is now available online. The report Older Workers: Exploring and Addressing the Stereotypes is available, in PDF and HTML format, on the Canada.ca website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/seniors/forum/reports/older-worker-exploring-addressing-stereotypes.html

STUDY ON FAMILY VISITATION DURING COVID GAINING INSIGHTS: Close to 100 interviews conducted with families and staff within the four participating care homes in Nova Scotia and the two care homes in Prince Edward Island are offering valuable insights into the support visitation roles established during the pandemic. The study expects to hold a webinar for LTC sector and public health stakeholders in the fall to share findings.  Read the funding announcement Media Release. For more information on the study contact the project’s coordinator, Paula Richardson at paula.richardson@msvu.ca

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY IN DATA ANALYTICS: MSVU is one of several partners of the CAnD3 initiative, an innovative training program in Population Analytics in an Aging Society to equip the next generation of academic and applied population researchers with the knowledge, skills, and networks to support data-driven decision-making in aging societies. Contact nsca@msvu.ca for more information on training opportunities and possible funding through our site. For more information on the CAnD3 initiative go to https://www.mcgill.ca/cand3/

REPORT ON OLDER WORKERS IN NOVA SCOTIA RELEASED: Want to learn more about the experiences of older workers in Nova Scotia? The summary report is now available at
https://novascotia.ca/shift/Older-Worker-Employment-and-Labour-Force-Participation-Booklet.pdf  and the full report is available at https://novascotia.ca/shift/

SALTY PROJECT SHARING FINDINGS: Researchers are busy working on a number of manuscripts to share finding of their work on quality of life in long term care. Check out the article on examining how long-term residential care policy in Canada guides staff in enhancing multiple aspects of resident quality of life published in The Gerontologist, Long-Term Residential Care Policy Guidance for Staff to Support Resident Quality of Life
Watch for other forthcoming papers in Canadian Journal on Aging on volunteers in long term care, and in Social Science & Medicine on emotional labour for dying residents in long term care. In addition, a series of short briefs highlighting key findings from the project are being developed and will soon be available. Watch the SALTY website www.saltyltc.ca or follow the SALTY team on Twitter for the latest news.

HOME CARE PATHWAYS PROJECT COMPLETES THIRD SET OF INTERVIEWS WITH PARTICIPANTS: Interviews with members of the care constellations at both sites took place during the summer and preparation of these data are underway. Research team is pleased that clients of the 12 constellations were able to participant across the three time periods which will provide rich insights into changes in their pathway over time. Stay up to date at www.homecarepathways.ca