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PSW Education Fund for Long-Term Care

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The Ministry of Long-Term Care has renewed the Personal Support Worker Education Fund for Long-Term Care. The fund provides tuition and backfill reimbursement for personal support workers (PSW) and other team members working in Ontario long-term care (LTC) homes to participate in continuing education and professional development.

All LTC homes in Ontario are eligible to enroll for funding for tuition and backfill pay for team member training in the following education options.

The Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC) course provides personal support workers and team members working in senior living with practical skills in person-centred care. Topics include person-centred care, infection control, safety and mobility, self-care, working with others, and nutrition.

ERCC was co-developed by Conestoga College and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia but the way they support people living with it.

LDJ was created by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners.

The Working Mind (TWM) Healthcare focuses on providing workers in the healthcare industry with the tools to promote mental health in the workplace while also reducing the stigma of mental illness. This evidence-based course offers leader and team member training options. All participants complete the first three core modules, then there is an additional fourth module specifically for leaders.

The Working Mind (TWM) is part of the Opening Minds initiative, managed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Launched by MHCC in 2013, TWM is an evidence-based course developed by clinicians and peers.

Learning Inter-Professionally Healthcare Accelerator (LIPHA) is a simulation, coaching, and community platform based on the latest practice recommendations. It provides a virtual space with simulated cases and a serious educational game for teams to practice care with virtual patients or residents.

This initiative is led by the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation with support from Launch 57 and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest.