In New Brunswick (NB) and in Canada, the fields of Long Term Care and Eldercare need much attention and focus. Government cannot respond to this challenge by itself. All partners and stakeholders must come together to develop alternative care models. Long term care must achieve the recognition needed in order to attract funds for innovation. This will require committed leadership and vision.
In November 2009, the Atlantic Institute on Aging was formed as a non-profit organization based in Fredericton, NB. Governed by a Board of Directors, the Institute will highlight research and policy related to the following areas:
Long Term Care
The Atlantic Institute on Aging is a member of a multidisciplinary team of researchers working in conjunction with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).
We are seeking to develop a model for citizen engagement, policy development, knowledge transfer and service development that is inclusive, culturally sensitive, effective and transferable across public policy areas. We are proposing to develop and test this model through a two-stage process. The first stage combines narrative, the Delphi method and indigenous research methods in developing dementia care policy, an area in which it has traditionally been difficult to engage a wide range of stakeholders due to perceived issues of capacity, low levels of literacy, low levels of health literacy, diversity of culture and opinions, and rurality. The second stage seeks to build on the consultative model through developing and evaluating pilot service projects through participatory action research, thus building research and service capacity in an effective and inclusive fashion. By testing the model in the area of dementia care policy we hope to show that such a model can be transferred to other geographical and policy areas.
University of Waterloo Research on Culture Change in Long Term Care: The Institute is collaborating with the University of Waterloo on a research project exploring culture change in long-term care facilities, with a focus on how recreation and leisure can be used to facilitate this change. Our involvement in this study sees the participants of our Therapeutic Activity Professionals course being interviewed in this national collaborative study.
Many LTC homes are moving away from the medical institutional model of care and are adopting more person-centered and relationship-centered care approaches. Such culture change processes are ongoing and everyone plays an important role. The researchers believe that recreation and leisure professionals and practices have a unique role to play in helping to change the culture of care within LTC. Yet, little is known about how recreation and leisure professionals perceive culture change, their role in the process, and how they are working to align their practices with the culture change values. The purpose of this study is fill this gap in our understanding so we can better support recreation and leisure professionals as they work towards culture change in their own settings.
The interviews will ask professionals to share their experience with culture change thus far by asking them to describe, for example, their involvement in the culture change process, the role of recreation and leisure in the culture change process, the impact of the changes within their LTC home since the culture change process began, and factors that have both supported and limited their ability to make change in their settings.
If you’d like to participate in the study or learn more about the project, contact the Atlantic Institute on Aging and we’ll connect you with the research team.
Well-Tuned Pilot Project-
This pilot project is a collaborative initiative between the Institute for Music and Neurlogic Function (www.imnf.org) and Music and Memory (www.musicandmemory.org). The Atlantic Institute on Aging is coordinating the implementation of the Well-Tuned program in 3 New Brunswick long term care facilities.
Media coverage of the Well-Tuned Pilot Project in New Brunswick:
Global Maritimes (go to 8:45 mins)
Community Harvest Gardens Member Feedback Survey-
The Atlantic Institute on Aging conducted a Member Feedback Survey for NB Community Harvest Gardens, a local community garden group that provides accessible, inclusive, and sustainable space for citizens of Fredericton to garden together. The Final Report on the Feedback Survey research provides insight into the social aspects of community gardening (including the importance of intergenerational relationships) as well as the physical benefits.