Research & Innovation
At peopleCare, we think differently. We embrace new ideas, and partner with other leading organizations to trial, research and evaluate a range of innovations to help people age well. Our Homes are proving grounds for improvements in quality care, safety and exceptional experiences for our residents, and solutions that drive positive health system change. This fresh thinking and innovation focus is one way we’re Changing the World of Senior Living.
Faster results, faster treatment & prevention
With new rapid antigen testing technology, peopleCare staff are getting results for COVID and Influenza A/B simultaneously in just 15 minutes. It’s all part of a trial conducted in partnership with St. Michael’s Unity Health in Toronto, funded by Health Canada.
Ethically supporting resident choice
To empower our teams to advocate for each resident, while balancing safety and rights for all, peopleCare has established a new partnership with the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) Clinical Ethics team. Building on our existing ethical framework and practices, LHSC will provide education and regular onsite and virtual support.
RMTs help keep residents safe
There have been many lessons learned for peopleCare teams over two years of navigating pandemic. For instance, always tap into the latest innovative tools and solutions to protect residents, staff and families – like Lucira rapid molecular tests (RMT) used at Meaford LTC.
Sensory-scapes enhance wellbeing
A retro 1950s kitchen. A calming nursery. A lively potting shed. These are just a few of the Sensory-scapes in peopleCare LTC Homes helping to support the emotional wellbeing of residents. These murals portray familiar scenes, offering residents a meaningful opportunity to reminisce and reflect on an earlier time in life.
Championing Medication Safety
peopleCare Hilltop Manor LTC has been named one of only 10 Champion Homes partnering with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada to improve medication safety for LTC residents as part of the government’s Strengthening Medication Safety in LTC Initiative.
1st to Pilot Onsite Covid Vaccines
peopleCare helped shape the future of how COVID vaccines are delivered in LTC homes, with a successful pilot of onsite, timely immunization at peopleCare Oakcrossing, one of only three LTC homes selected in the London area.
Pioneering Family Caregiver Supports
As a lead participant in a federally funded collaborative research project, peopleCare is partnering with academic researchers and the Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care, to inspire positive change and promote the vital role family members play as care partners in LTC homes.
Creating a LTC Centre of Excellence
peopleCare’s upcoming LTC home on the Trent University campus focuses on quality of life for seniors, inspired teaching and hands-on learning for students, research into aging well to inform the sector and health system and community building for years to come.
Piloting Rapid COVID Tests
peopleCare’s AR Goudie LTC Home was one of the first in the province to pilot rapid point-of-care antigen tests, a game-changing testing solution that is now being used in a wide variety of workplace and healthcare settings across the country.
Eyes on the Skies
Always looking to partner with other leading organizations and break new ground, peopleCare was pleased to help enable a first of its kind trial delivery of medications by drone at AR Goudie LTC in Kitchener.
Groundbreaking Virtual Dance
peopleCare partnered with Canada’s National Ballet School to bring the transformative power of dance to residents during the pandemic, delivering and evaluating an internet-based, safe and accessible dance program that engages older adults and supports physical, cognitive and overall wellbeing.
Award-winning Pharmacy Model
A first of its kind in the Canadian LTC environment, peopleCare’s award-winning Clinical Pharmacy Model connects pharmacists directly with residents and staff, and leverages best-in-class software and automated dispensing cabinets.
Resident Camping Adventure
During this annual camping trip, peopleCare residents thrive outside of their normal routines and share meaningful, intergenerational experiences with staff in a unique outdoor environment.