Category: Aging and Gerontology (SWAG)

Capacity Assessment, and How it Relates to LTC Decisions and Applications

From SWAG, SPEAKER: Catherine Butler BA, BScN, MHA Vice-President, Home & Community Care, Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

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Speaker will address these issues are they are relevant to social work scope of practice

  • How capacity is assessed in home & community care
  • Developing skilled capacity assessors in home care – education, ongoing learning & support
  • Impacts of poor assessments – what are the barriers & enablers to an effective assessment
  • Dispute mechanisms


Time: 3:30 to 5PM

Location: Colonel By Retirement Home, 42 Aylmer Avenue

( parallel to Sunnyside near Bank street and canal)

Contact Beverlee McIntosh for further information:


Public meeting with an expert panel on long term care to explore ways to rebuild public capacity, improve quality and accountability

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Long Term Care is a Municipal Issue!

You are invited to an open public meeting with an expert panel on long term care to explore ways to rebuild public capacity, improve quality and accountability for seniors’ care in the Ottawa Area.

Monday, September 17th , 7pm-9pm

McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy St.  Assembly Hall

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We have seen many stories of abuse, lack of safety and not enough care or accountability in long term care homes in our city. 
How can our municipality be part of the solution for these problems? 
Albert Banerjee
 – PhD, Research Associate, Trent University Centre for Ageing and Society

·         Susan Braedley – Associate professor at Carleton University whose research projects include: Re-Imagining Long-Term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices and Healthy Ageing in Residential Places

·         Doreen Roque – Executive member of the Champlain Region Family Council Network , which advocates for the needs, rights and interests of residents living in long term care homes and supports family councils in long term care homes

·         Joanne Waddell – Works as a cook for over 30 years at Madonna Care Community, a long term care facility in Orleans. Joanne represents Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) health care workers in Eastern Ontario on the health care workers coordinating committee of CUPE Ontario.

Les soins de longue durée : une problématique municipale !

Vous êtes invités à une assemblée publique en compagnie d’un groupe d’experts en soins de longue durée afin d’explorer des solutions pour rebâtir les capacités du système public, améliorer la qualité des soins aux aînés et accroître la responsabilité des établissements de la région d’Ottawa.

Lundi 17 septembre de 19h à 21h

Centre communautaire McNabb, 180, rue Percy Assembly Hall

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Les médias sont pleins d’histoires de maltraitance, de manque de sécurité et de manque de soins ou de responsabilité dans les établissements de soins de longue durée de notre ville. Comment notre municipalité peut-elle faire partie de la solution à ces problèmes ? 

·         Albert Banerjee, Ph. D., associé de recherche au Centre universitaire pour le vieillissement et la société de l’Université Trent.

·         Susan Braedley, professeure agrégée à l’Université Carleton. L’un de ses projets de recherche s’intitule Réimaginer les soins à long terme en établissement : une étude internationale sur les pratiques prometteuses et le vieillissement en santé en établissement.

·         Doreen Roque, membre de l’exécutif du Champlain Region Family Council Network qui plaide en faveur des besoins, des droits et des intérêts des pensionnaires des établissements de soins de longue durée et qui aide les conseils de famille dans ces établissements.

·         Joanne Waddellcuisinière depuis plus de 30 ans chez Madonna Care Community, un établissement de soins de longue durée d’Orleans. Joanne représente les travailleurs de la santé du SCFP dans l’est de la province au sein du comité de coordination des travailleurs de la santé du SCFP-Ontario.


Elder Abuse – a focused journal issue from BJSW

From the British Journal of Social Work, apparently free access for a short period of time.  

…This Special Issue of the British Journal of Social Work is dedicated to arguably one of the biggest challenges facing social work today: violence and abuse of older people. Despite increasing acceptance of elder abuse as a global public-health issue and violation of human rights, research, policy and practice in this area remain fragmented and there are serious gaps across all three areas. This Special Issue is devoted to examining the international development of research, theory, policy and practice in relation to elder abuse and domestic violence affecting older populations. …

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See the Journal Issue here


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.