Category: Aging and Gerontology (SWAG)

Promising Practices in long term residential care – public presentation, April 3rd

Pat Armstrong will be outlining approaches to reform Long Term Care (nursing homes), April 3rd @ 4:30pm at the Ottawa Public Library  main branch.

Please see the research report which informs the talk here

A Panel Discussion will then ensue!  

Please RSVP and/or contact

PDF of poster here: Apr 3 Event Poster – Exercising Choice in Long-Term Residential Care (1)


SWAG talk and Celebration – “So you think care work is easy?…

From Beverlee McIntosh – To celebrate Social Work Week, SWAG is being fêted this month by Revera etirement Living 

Photo of Monique Lanoix SPEAKER: Professor Monique Lanoix, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University

TOPIC:  So you think care work is easy? Reflections on the misperception of care work

Our speaker has developed an expertise in issues of women’s work in health care as well as ethical issues in the Long Term Care System in Ontario.  She has authored studies in bioethics, feminist philosophy and social political philosophy.
You can refer to her extensive research at

Thursday March 22nd      Speaker starts sharp at 3:30

LOCATION: Colonel By Retirement Residence, 3rd floor Look Out Lounge
43 Aylmer Avenue ( parallel to Sunnyside Avenue near Bank Street- 3 hr on street parking)

To ensure that catering services have an idea of numbers could you please RSVP to Beverlee McIntosh if you will be coming

Presentation by speaker will start at 3:30 to 4:30 and we can stay-on to socialize until 5PM ( and polish off the food)

“Ottawa ethnocultural seniors and how we can work together”

Shared by Beverlee McIntosh of SWAG –  …An invitation to all professionals and community members who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of the needs of Ottawa’s ethnocultural seniors and how we can work together to address them. The forum will also provide an opportunity to network and build relationships with different ethnocultural senior groups in our community. 

Wed, 14 March 2018 –8:30 AM – 12:30

Join the Social Planning Council of Ottawa for a discussion and dialogue to address the needs of Ottawa’s ethnocultural seniors.

The event will feature as our keynote speaker Susan Braedley MSW PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University, on: Learning From/Learning With Ethno-cultural Seniors: Supporting Social Change through Research.

Please see the link below to register

Pat Armstrong helps us think about Canadian delivery of health care

Pat Armstrong’s 15 minute talk encourages us to consider the structure and process’ of long term care (nursing homes).  It shines a light to help us think about the role of “profit” in health care, and perhaps find our own ways to participate in decision making where ever each of us fits in our system of care.



When a progressive model of community based care looses its values, in the name of VALUE

British experience shared by Alex Fox, with the impacts of the  use of “lowest bidder” on client community based care.

… This was not what was envisaged by disabled people and their families who developed personalisation, which was the idea that people would plan the most effective care and support when they were in control of an individual planning process which started with what a good life looked like, not with a list of low-cost services. Planning creatively in this way enables people to make best use of their own capacity and of the family and community resources available to them. That also usually results in the most independence and lowest overall cost to the state, whereas narrow price-focused processes bring missed opportunities for independence, or lead to family care breaking down. But instead of people planning a life, and then choosing the support they need to live it, care providers now compete for the individual, and an algorithm makes the choice. …

see the article here

Central Seven: a collaboration of Community Support Service agencies serving Central Ottawa — Presentation

From SWAG, Sue Walker ED of Old Forge will present their model

Navigating programs and services for older adults and adults with disabilities, caregivers and family members of seniors can be challenging. To assist in this manner, Sue Walker will present on each agency, what services are offered and how to access Community Support Services (CSS). She will talk about the magnitude of the positive impact CSS has on improving the lives of those wishing to age at home safely and with dignity. She will answer questions about catchment areas, eligibility, funding models and future investments planned for the sector.

Social Work in Aging and Gerontology (SWAG)

Thursday November 23, 3:30 PM to 5PM

Colonel By Retirement Residence

43 Aylmer Avenue (Parallel to Sunnyside near Bank Street)

Gather for World Elder Abuse Day, June 15

From Beverlee McIntosh – Nepean Rideau Osgood Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) asked that we pass this event through the SWAG network.

The agency needs financial support to keep up their good work in Ottawa. If you know of any ‘angel donors’ who are looking for a worthy cause, encourage them to attend this breakfast at the Barrhaven Legion.


Stephanie Cadieux – Speaker          Pic_Stephanie Cadieux