Dr. MacCourt will present a summary of ARRC’s report (Improving Quality of Life in Long Term Care – A Way Forward) and discuss ways in which social workers can assist in building support for the recommendations in the report.
. Gain an overview of the current situation in long term care including quality of facility care, staffing and resources
. Learn about what contributes to quality of care/quality of life and how staffing size, routine and mix impacts this
. Explore how well policy, regulation and monitoring processes support quality of life in long term care
. Become familiar with ARRC’s recommendations for a paradigm shift that addresses the needs of residents and families for improved quality of life
. Learn about government’s response to the report since it was released
. Discuss how social workers can contribute to this ongoing advocacy effort
This webinar is jointly presented by the Seniors Community of Practice and the Health Advocacy Committee.
Penny MacCourt has a social work background and has worked with older adults in the community, long term care and acute care settings for many years as a clinical social worker and mental health consultant. She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from University of Manitoba and a PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies) from University of Victoria. Her doctoral and post-doctoral studies have focused on aging, mental health and service delivery. She is a founding member of the BC Psychogeriatric Association and was appointed to the Seniors Advisory Committee to the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She is past Chair of the Social Policy and Practice Division of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. She received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contribution to Canada for her work with caregivers. Currently she is the Chair of Action for Reform of Residential Care (ARRC) BC, working to improve quality of care and quality of life for residents in LTC.