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Research Team: Jennifer Baumbusch (PI), Alison Phinney, Deborah O’Connor, Paddy Rodney, Catherine Ward-Griffin

This 4-year study examines how care is negotiated in long-term residential care facilities. The goal is to better understand how to foster supportive collaborative relationships among families, residents and staff and improve the health and well-being of these groups

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Research Team:Jeff Small

Funder: CIHR

Investigates how a memory training program called “Spaced Retrieval” (SR) might be effectively applied in helping persons with Alzheimer’s disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment improve their recent memory and quality of life.  Phase 2 CIHR grant project is in the data analysis stage.

Research Team: R. Wilson, J. Small, A. Mihailidis

Funder: CFN Health Technology Innovation operating grant (funded through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program).

In long-term residential care (LTRC), many residents have cognitive impairments and/or do not speak English. These barriers make it difficult for them to communicate with care staff. Due to recent technological advances, a promising solution would be to pair mobile communication technology (e.g., tablet, smart phone) with mobile health communication Apps or “cApps”. For example, cApps that provide language translation or visual supports may enable care staff and residents to communicate more effectively. The purpose of this pilot study is to examine the current status of cApp availability in the app marketplace, survey use of cApps in LTRC practice, and generate recommendations for cApp features that would most effectively address communication challenges in LTRC. This project is in the data analysis stage.  facilities.